‘Much Loved’ teddies

Much Loved is a beautiful book by photographer Mark Nixon. The idea is simple: photos of stuffed animals that have been very much loved over the years. Although the photos are professionally shot, it’s the stories behind these stuffed toys that make the book so special.

Viewers have been intrigued by these funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear & tear. When you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and un-done stuffing, you can’t help but think back to childhood and it earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back…

Much Loved Book

Example Teddy Tales

Above left: “Daragh’s father was given a pound from his parents for his birthday and he bought Teddy Moore for her. Under his hat and clothes, Teddy Moore is held together with nylons. Although he looks like he was in a fire, in Daragh’s own words, she kissed the fur off him. He lives in the locker beside her bed; she doesn’t like him sleeping in the bed in case she smothers him.”

Above right: “Teddy Tingley belonged to my oldest brother, who gave him to me the day I was born. I remember when I was three years old and we were heading off on holiday by train. I had just settled down in the carriage with my brothers for the journey and as the train started moving, I glanced out the window to see, to my horror, Teddy sitting on a bundle of my comics left on the station platform. Thanks to my mum roaring like a madwoman out the window, “The teddy! The teddy! I just want the teddy!” some kind person picked up Teddy and ran with him as the train picked up speed, reaching up to the window just in time for Mum to grab him. She then had to sit down and face the other passengers for the rest of the journey…”

Although this book isn’t aimed at children when they’re little, it would make a lovely gift for your grown-up children. Especially if they had a much loved teddy of their own… which the page at the back, allowing you to add a photo and story of your own, is perfect for!

 Heart Debs

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Much Loved

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2 Responses to “‘Much Loved’ teddies”

  1. Debs says:

    Me too! I’ve just popped over to your blog – lovely!

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