Have a childhood toy that you loved to bits? Well, apparently you are not alone. In his book ‘Much Loved’, Mark Nixon went around and documented stuffed animals that have been treasured and lost, used and occasionally abused, but never forgotten.
The idea of snapping these photos on his Nikon began after noticing his son’s devotion to his stuffed Peter Rabbit.
“I was struck by … the way he squeezed it with delight when he was excited, the way he buried his nose in it while sucking his thumb, and how he just had to sleep with Peter every night,” Nixon wrote in the introduction to his new book, which is published by Abrams. “I vaguely remembered having similar childhood feelings about my own Panda.”
Panda, age 50, height 16 inches. Belongs to Mark Nixon.
“It is universal. It is that primal kind of emotional attachment that a lot of people have,” he said in an interview. “When you’re that young, they’re just a great comfort. I had no idea how much people would respond to it.”
The book also features stories of the stuffed animals’ histories, including tales of their origins and travels. Nixon didn’t think that this project would not only catch the enthusiasm of kids, but also of the adults. Many of the stuffed toys he photographed were more than 40 years old – some more than 100 years old. How they could withstand the test of time, I have no idea. However, it is clear that people’s attachment to their animals truly does runs deep.
Hate to admit it, but I might have a little white rabbit tucked in my bed somewhere despite being a quarter of a century old…
What was (or still is) your little stuffed obsession?