Playground

Synopsis

 


When I conceived this series of pictures, I was thinking about my time at school. I realized that most of my memories were from the playground. It had been a space of excitement, games,bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear. It seemed an interesting place to go back and explore in photographs.I started the project in the UK, revisiting my school and some of the other schools nearby. I became fascinated by the diversity of children’s experiences, depending on their school. The contrasts between British schools made me curious to know what schools were like in other countries.

Most of the images from the series are composites of moments that happened during a single break time—a kind of time-lapse photography. I have often chosen to feature details that relate to my own memories of the playground. Although the schools I photographed were very diverse, I was struck by the similarities between children’s behavior and the games they played.

MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_001_UK_Pilgrims
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_002_UK_Stonyhurst
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_007_UK_Sebright
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_011_UK_Sacred Heart
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_012_KENYA_Valleyview
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_013_KENYA_Manera
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_014_KENYA_Kaloleni
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_015_KENYA_Freretown
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_018_INDIA_Virani Deaf & Dumb
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_017_INDIA_Rajkumar
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_019_INDIA_SDCCL
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_021_INDIA_Gram Panchayat
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_022_ITALY_Ugo Foscolo
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_023_MONTSERAT_St Augustine
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_024_WEST BANK_Al Khan Al Ahmar
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_025_WEST BANK_Tiferet-Menachem
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_027_ISRAEL_Holtz High
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_026_WEST BANK_Aida Boys
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_028_ISRAEL_Shikim Maoz
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_029_GAZA_Maamounia
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_031_BHUTAN_Dechen Phodrang
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_033_NORWAY_Gomalandet
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_035_BOLIVIA_Paso Payita
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_036_BOLIVIA_Thako Pampa
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_038_NEPAL_Open Day
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_039_NEPAL_Bhakta Vidyashram
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_041_JAPAN_Seishin Joshi
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_042_JAPAN_Shohei
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_045_RUSSIA_# 2013
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_046_RUSSIA_Heroes of Space
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_051_MEXICO_Emiliano
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_053_MEXICO_Adolfo Lopez
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_047_USA_Nativity
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_048_USA_Warren Lane
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_049_USA_Inglewood
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_050_USA_St Mary
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_056_CHINA_South China Normal Uni
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_057_CHINA_Pei Qiao
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_058_CHINA_Wen Chong
MOLLISON_PLAYGROUND_059_CHINA_He Huang Yu