The Much Loved photo series by Mark Nixon is a poignant look at the transition we have undergone as children entering into adulthood, and the silent friends that stood by us along the way. Each animal is accompanied by its own unique story and the overall effect is at times both humorous & heartbreaking. The images of these stuffed animals speak volumes of how loved and needed they were [and still are] by the children & adults who own them.
When everything was unknown, they were there.
When anything could happen, they were there.
These repositories of hugs, of fears, of hopes, of tears, of snots and smears.
Alone at night, they were the comforters, when monsters lurked in darkened corners, when raised voices muffled through floors and walls.
These silent witnesses, these constant companions, defenders of innocence.
Their touch, yes, but their smell, that instantly calming, all embalming musk, unique to each, soothing and smoothing the journey from consciousness to un, from purity to im, from infancy to adult-terre.
Sworn to secrecy, unconditionally there, unjudgementally fair and almost always a bear.
—Mark Nixon, Much Loved