Brian McCarty's haunting photographic series 'War Toys' uses children's toys to depict scenes of war. The contrast between the innocent play things and the violent situations they are thrust into results in chilling and thought-provoking work. The California-based photographer intends for the ongoing project to show the perspective of children in war-torn parts of the world.
In particular, War Toys focuses on the ever present artillery fire and tanks in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. For children there, scenes of war are a part of their everyday reality. McCarty was inspired by humanitarian work occurring on the ground in these dangerous parts of the world. The shots only depict a small fraction of what affected young people go through.
War Toys is currently exhibiting at New York's Peanuts Underground Art Projects.