According to No Kid Hungry, one in six American children don't get the food they need. Because of the relative wealth of First World nations, childhood hunger in places like America often get overlooked. In an effort to raise awareness, viral photography sensation, Benjamin Von Wong, decided to forgo the traditional route of portraits of sad-eyed children and, instead, created something a bit more share-worthy.
“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. “We decided to do a photoshoot that would highlight kids as heroes, on an epic quest to get food.”
Each image depicts a child in a situation where food is the ultimate goal or treasure, an experience shared by each of the 13 million children in America who struggle with hunger and are always looking forward to their next meal. While the images are charming, they highlight a not so charming fact; that even in the worlds wealthiest nations, too many children face empty stomachs.
With his trademark flare, Von Wong created visually exciting images featuring children in extreme situations, from scaling a commercial freezer as if it were Mount Everest to hunting for food as if it were buried treasure. In his blog post, he shares details on how the images were created and links that direct viewers to ways they can help those who are hungry.
To learn more about the project, how the images were created, or how you can help alleviate childhood hunger, check out his full blog post.
Images used with permission of Benjamin Von Wong.