My sister just sent me the article on kids & comfort objects & I had to tell you I love it! My Husband and I adopted 3 little girls, 3 sep trips from China & I made each a no sew blanket to come home in My girls are now 12( Lilly), 10(MiaMei) & 6 ( Bella ) ( my last came home at 2-1/2 yrs old, my 10 yr old on her 1st b-day & my 12 yr old at 8 Mo. Old and all still sleep their three blankets or as well call them ni ni ( Long i) and I can’t tell how much it touches my heart, my 6 yr old leaves her in the front window every day “waiting for her to come home from school” after 1 last squeeze & a sniff of it lol . Thanks for the article
Your photographs are so touching! I am a 42 year old mother of 4 and through my life, which has had darker days more than happy, I have held onto my ‘blankie’ since the day it was given to me for my 1St birthday. I can’t sleep without it, I should probably seek counseling some bonds like these never break!
I just want to tell you that I love your Comfort Objects photography series. My daughter is nearly six years old and has a Jellycat stuffed bashful bunny that she is inseparable with. We have watched over the past year as she has started school full time and slowly loosened her grasp on beloved bunny. He is so loved and tattered; has had his body re-stuffed, head sewn back on, ear sewn back on (upside down by accident) and his poor little nose is running. Having performed these surgeries I will admit my own attachment to bunny. He is a part of our family and a testament to my daughter’s innocence in childhood. Bunny almost appears to have a soul, if such a thing were possible….my daughter has transferred her emotions, fears, love, and affection to this poor bashful little bunny who sits with his bowed head where ever he is now tossed to the wayside.
Again, thank you. I have many pictures of bunny that we will always cherish.
Your “Comfort Objects” are beautiful. My 6-year-old has his “blank.” When he comes home from school, he runs up to “her” and says, “I missed you, blank, I love you so much!” It’s seriously the cutest thing. If the house caught on fire, my son would definitely save blank first (before mom and dad and dog), no question.
I loved seeing the photograph of the little boy who’s comfort object is his mother’s hair. My son’s comfort object has been my belly button ever since I weened him from breastfeeding. My daughter’s is a blanky that was mine as a baby and traveled the world with me as a teenager. We had to cut it in two to create “back up blanky” after almost losing it once.
Beautiful work! Please add me to any news or mailing list you have and let me know if more of your work will be in New York.
Have you thought of taking photos of adults with their security items? Just a suggestion, but I think that would be incredibly interesting.
I love your work and as a teacher and photographer, would like to see more of your ideas. Please add me to your contact list.
Anna, I just learned about your website and have spent the last hour enjoying your beautiful work. I love your subject matter–security items, kindergarten shoes–and the wonderful family and individual portraits. I wish you were close enough to take photos of my grandchildren! Congratulations on finding your niche and performing so magnificently!