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01/04/2014 12:13 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Artist Brian McCarty Reenacts Horrors Of War With Tiny Toys

Childlike innocence meets the horrors of war.

In striking photos taken by California artist Brian McCarty, scenes of violence witnessed by children in areas of conflict are reenacted using toys in a project McCarty calls WAR-TOYS.

McCarty, who is usually known for his cartoony, surrealist photos using toys, decided to take on a more serious project. Feature Shoot reports that McCarty traveled to the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel, to document what children in the areas experienced.

Multiple children drew the artist pictures of frightening and violent scenes, which McCarty then recreated in the same spots the children had been.

"When possible and under the guidance of specialists, I invite the children to actively participate and use the photographic process as a form of therapeutic play," McCarty says on his website. "The resulting photographs provide an interpretive document of witnessed events and context for the children’s accounts."

According to Feature Shoot, McCarty plans to travel to Afghanistan, Sudan, and Colombia to continue his project.

See the full collection below.

  • Sderot Home Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Sderot Home
    Brian McCarty
  • Unseen Al Aqsa Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Unseen Al Aqsa
    Brian McCarty
  • Resilience Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Resilience
    Brian McCarty
  • Gaza Cinderella Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Gaza Cinderella
    Brian McCarty
  • Checkpoint Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Checkpoint
    Brian McCarty
  • Wall Shooting Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Wall Shooting
    Brian McCarty
  • Airstrike Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Airstrike
    Brian McCarty
  • Football Game Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Football Game
    Brian McCarty
  • Mother of Violence Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Mother of Violence
    Brian McCarty
  • Qassam Team Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Qassam Team
    Brian McCarty
  • Tel Aviv Bus Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Tel Aviv Bus
    Brian McCarty
  • Telecom Aistrike Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Telecom Airstrike
    Brian McCarty
  • Youth Resistance Drawing
    Brian McCarty
  • Youth Resistance
    Brian McCarty
  • Mortar Fire Behind
    Brian McCarty
  • Jerusalem Spafford Children
    Brian McCarty
  • Gaza Asma School Girl
    Brian McCarty

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