Photographer Mark Nixon has tugged on nostalgic heart strings with his new series of much-loved teddy bear portraits. His images feature well-worn bears of all shapes and sizes that appear a little lonely and forgotten but also respected and proud.
Childhood stuffed animals project nostalgia from the perspective of an adult. They embody a sense of idyllic innocence, companionship and loyalty. As a ‘grown-up’ looking back, the objects have transformed from a naive comfort toy into a scary indicator of time and age. It is this juxtaposition which makes these simple photographs so moving. Do you remember your childhood bear friend?