In 2010, South African-born movie-maker and photographer John Thackwray began a long term photographic project called ‘My Room Project’, with the simple idea of taking photographs of young people from around the world and where they sleep.
Starting with friends in Paris, the project grew to include over a thousand participants from 55 countries around the world, and from all walks of life. Some are living traditionally, while some have embraced a more modern lifestyle.
The exhibition focuses on those born around the 80s and 90s, and includes interviews with the subjects on their lifestyles and cultures, their hopes and dreams for the future.
“At that time it was just a hobby, a different way of traveling. It was also a way to meet people, and it was just basically to see how people of my age live in all those countries.”
His aim in doing the project is to make people aware of the diversity of lifestyles, destruction of our traditions and the rise of inequalities.
The My Room Project has since grown into an international exhibition comprising not only the photos but data visualisation, audio-visual displays, and a book that can be pre-ordered on the photographer’s website.
For more pics and info visit his website Myroomphotos