Whilst many of us are getting excited over what new camera gear we’ll be acquiring over the Christmas period, it’s easy to forget that elsewhere in the world, poverty is rife and many live in warzones. One artist exposes war life in Yemen by contrasting images of our Christmas with their reality.
Street photographer Igor Dobrowolski is aiming to highlight and expose pre and post war life in Yemen by shining a light on scenes we wouldn’t ordinarily associate with Christmas: starvation, malnourished children, and destruction.
The project is a series of photos showing war-torn Yemen, with images of luxury presents, food and Christmas trees layered over the top. One shows a struggling mother clutching her malnourished child, with a bag full of groceries covering the child’s face. Another shows a man, sat upon rubble, his head in his hands; in the distance, Dobrowolski has created the illusion of a brightly-lit Christmas tree atop a snowy hill.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about his inspiration behind the project, Dobrowolski cites his motivation as “the suffering of innocent people" and "the desire to show this forgotten horror which benefits mostly western governments who sell military equipment to target civilians.” He says Yemen is often missed out in the media, and that many of the “huge quantities” of ordinary people dying do so without any coverage.
Dobrowolski hopes the images will “induce empathy in ordinary people.”
See more of the set below, and find him on Facebook here.
Images used with permission.