In 2010, John Thackwray began his long-term photographic project, the “My Room Project”. The concept is simple: photographing young men and women born in the 80’s and 90’s, in the places they sleep, all around the world, and interviewing them about their lifestyle, local issues, education, religion, or love.
Naturally, the project began with John’s friends in Paris, and little by little it grew bigger. More than a thousand candidates from 55 countries have already participated. Some are rich, some are poor; some live in a traditional way, and some choose a modern lifestyle. From a Buddhist temple of Nepal to a Native American reservation, from a Mexican jail to a Palestinian refugee camp, John’s project documents different lifestyles everywhere.
All these photographs bear witness to the world around us. This is a consciousness project, combining visual anthropology and social photography, which sparks awareness of the diversity of lifestyles, as well as the destruction of traditions, and the rise of inequalities.