Letting Pictures Do The Talking

We’ve talked before about photos and their incredible impact. But this time I’m not talking about images captured by the professionals — I’m pointing you towards those taken by kids.

Yeah, you read that right. The “Pictures Talk” exhibit, placed online by the Canadian Red Cross, features work by photographers between the ages of 8 and 16.

And these aren’t just any children; they’re survivors of the tsunami that hit Indonesia on December 26, 2004, killing more than 225,000 people in nine countries.

From the website:

The project involved 41 childrenin from two regions of the country; Afia village in Lahewa sub-district on the island of Nias and Kajhu and Krueng Raya villages in the region of Aceh Besar. The Canadian Red Cross gave children disposable cameras and a photo assignment. They were asked to photograph their friends, families, homes, villages and schools – to document the things that make them happy.

These photographs speak to a journey to recovery. They offer candid, evocative glimpses of the threads of daily existence slowly woven back into a fabric of normal life. Each image reveals hope and resilience in the wake of unimaginable devastation.