|Stonyhurst College Lancashire, UK|
|Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya|
|Virani Deaf and Dumb School, Rajkot, Gujarat, India|
|Ugo Foscolo Elementary School, Murano, Venice|
|Al Khan Al Ahmar Primary School, Area C, Jericho, West Bank|
|Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Bhutan|
|Paso Payita, Aramasi, Chuquisaca, Bolivia|
|Shohei Elementary School, Tokyo|
|School #2013, Moscow|
|Nativity School, Los Angeles|
|Adolfo López Mateos Primary School, Mexico City|
|Affiliated Primary School of South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China|
Fascinating photos of playgrounds around the world by UK-based photographer James Mollison. He refers to this series as "composites of moments that happened during a single break time" and while photographing children playing in countries such as Nepal, India, Bolivia, Norway, Kenya, Japan, and the U.S., he was "struck by the similarities between children’s behavior and the games they played." The series was inspired by his own memories while attending school in Oxford and the emotions he felt as a child from excitement and joy to bullying and fear.
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.