From the New York TImes: "Japan has more than 30,000 suicides a year — one of the highest rates among industrialized nations. Photographer Pieter ten Hoopen visits Aokigahara Forest in Japan, near Mount Fuji - the most common place in Japan to commit suicide.
For Mr. ten Hoopen, suicide is a serious and difficult topic...Although he was born and raised in the Netherlands, he has lived the last decade in Sweden, another country with a very high suicide rate. This, he said, led him to be interested in the suicide forest story.
“In many ways, the Swedes and the Japanese are similar when it comes to their ways of not really expressing their emotions,” he said. “But Sweden is particularly good for the availability of psychological help. In Japan, seeking this kind of help is less common.”
Read the article and see the photographs here.
Photographer James Mollison wanted to portray the diverse worlds of children. What better way to do so than to photograph their bedrooms?
From Kenya to Kentucky, the book, Where Children Sleep, is a fascinating look at the places where children sleep and dream - and a reflection of the wide spectrum of poverty and privilege throughout the world.
See this article for a slideshow of photos from this book.