Inspiration comes from unexpected sources, although a new-born child can’t help but stir the imagination.
Some mothers simply read stories or sing lullabies to coach their babies sleep but Queenie Liao, a Californian free-lance artist, took the fairy tales of her childhood a step – or two – further, creating a dreamlike world for her sleeping Wengenn.
Taking inspiration from both very recognizable fairy tales and current events, Ms Liao set out to create whimsical backgrounds in her home, where she would then place 3 month old baby Wengenn at the center, once he fell asleep. And then she snapped away. Clearly influenced by the likes of Anne Geddes, the tableaus are at the same time life-like and dreamy.
Were Wengenn’s dreams influenced by his surroundings? We might never know but this one lucky baby has hundreds of inspired photos to remember his early days by, and none of them looks like the stiff and bland portraits of our childhoods.
The photos have gone viral, first on the site Bored Panda, inspiring comments from all over the world. Here at C&S, sofagirl was reminded of a poem by E.E. Cummings – by now, you should know our passion for poetry so we couldn’t help it but share it with you, alongside the sweetest images of the week!
[in Just-] BY E. E. Cummings
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
PS We have some trusted friends “in the field” who send us ideas from all over the world. One of them is S. African born (but now very Italian) Manuela who put this on our radar before it went viral. Many thanks Manu!