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Photographer Turns Ordinary Kids Into Mini Heroes Who Combat World Hunger
By Izza Sofia, 08 Jun 2017
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong not only creates really great images, but also uses his skills to bring a variety of issues to the world’s attention.
Von Wong has stepped up to battle a new challenge: child hunger. Few people know that even in supposedly privileged societies, there are still many people suffering from hunger, many of whom are children.
Benjamin Von Wong discovered this after talking with the people at Second Harvest Food Bank. They told him that where he lives, in the heart of Silicon Valley, 1 in 3 children struggles with hunger.
“Unfortunately, sob stories and sad photographs don’t really do well on social media, so we wanted to try a different approach”, said Von Wong in a blog post. “We decided to do a photoshoot that would highlight kids as heroes, on an epic quest to get food.”
The result is a series of images that look straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, conveying the uphill battles many of these children face while placing them in courageous and inspiring scenarios.
In homage to Mission Impossible, one child can be seen dangling from abseiling gear in a kitchen in an attempt to reach bacon while another is pictured scaling the heights of a shelving unit, in a huge freezer, wearing clothing Everest explorers may have worn to protect them from the cold.
Other shots captured for the series include a knight racing through a supermarket on a shopping trolly surrounded by colourful motion blur, a mini explorer discovering fruit hidden in a treasure chest and a pirate guarding her bounty. The images are not just visually stunning, but they also have a very real and important message. In Von Wong’s own words, “It shouldn’t be this hard to get food. Especially not for kids”.
To learn more about the shoot and see more stunning images, head over to Von Wong’s blog where he talks more about his inspiration for the project. To help stop world hunger, you can click here to donate or download a series of memes for you to share and raise awareness on social media.
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