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Fairy Tale Slumbers

Posted in Things We Love, and Uncategorized

creative-baby-photography-queenie-liao-2A sleeping baby. An inventive mother, maybe stuck at home feeding, washing and taking care of said sleeping baby.

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.

creative-baby-photography-queenie-liao-6Taking 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.

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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
in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
it’s
spring

and
the
goat-footed
balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee

wengenn10

 

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!

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6 Comments

  1. Yay for C&S getting in first.

    November 1, 2013
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  2. What an inspired idea – and you matching it with one of my fave e e cummings poems was magic!

    November 1, 2013
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  3. silvia
    silvia

    You know it’s difficult for me to get excited about babies related issues, but this is really fantastic and sweet.

    November 1, 2013
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    • You have to admit there is something inherently adorable about sleeping babies…

      November 1, 2013
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  4. That kid will have some very interesting baby photos to show his girlfriends in years to come! Fabulous work, though. Wonder if I could do something similar with my sleeping teenagers? 🙂

    October 31, 2013
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    • Yes you could. At that age, not even the sound of heavy artillery could wake them up. The only downside is that you would have to arrange the background around them and you would have to start work at 3 am!

      November 1, 2013
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