A talented Italian photographer has captured the innocence of children from around the world through his spectacular lens.
Through a series of incredible portraits, Massimo Bietti is showing the world that the honest child-like wonder and purity of childhood remains the same regardless of culture, race, or even the numerous experiences and hardships that different children face as they grow up.
Bietti’s breathtaking images include children from different corners of the world such as Ethiopia, India, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Sudan, Vanuatu, and more.
Bietti shares his breathtaking images with more than 65,500 followers on Instagram who find his work “amazing” and “powerful.”
Through his striking images, Bietti tends to capture emotions that range from serious to joyful, stoic to playful, reflecting one main theme that childhood is a precious time full of innocence and laughter, and it will always be the same no matter which part of the world one resides in.
His work has also reminded people that every culture has similarities. With one photo of two Ethiopian children wearing floral crowns, a commentator drew a parallel to the Swedish Midsummer flower festival, writing: “Amazing picture! Makes me think about midsummer eve that we have here in Sweden when we have flowers in our hair.”
Though in many countries some kids’ childhoods are taken away from them—due to issues like child labor and child marriage—it is heartening to know that at least child poverty rates around the world are declining, according to a 2019 Global Childhood Report by Save the Children, a humanitarian aid organization.
The report also states that children have “a better chance than at any time in history to grow up healthy, educated and protected, with the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
This incredible progress offers a ray of hope for preserving the innocence of childhood for young ones around the world.
However, there is still a long way to go before poverty is completely eradicated, but with the work of photographers like Bietti, at least the issue is brought to the forefront.