MOTHER EARTH is a photographic project with orphans I met in the north of Thailand. I worked with some kids of School for life, wich is a german headed project based near Chiang Mai, and wich tries to help children who needs care and education.
I tried to get out of the kids their strong natural roots. Most of them lost their parents (from HIV or since the tsunami), and are now growing without family roots. For them, nature is sometimes the only parent left, especially in their new countryside environment at “school for life” (the school is built as a farm, in the middle of the nature).
The children made their faces up themselves, with the mud of the soil. Quickly, it
became a game, and faces I’ve never seen on them appeared to me. (Romain Philippon)