Friday, May 11, 2007

Love, Shredded: The Blankie Photographs of "Dirty Wow Wow"

The new book Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories: A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood features images of stuffed animals and other objects ravaged by the love of children. The most striking photographs in the book are of children's blankies. It looks like they've been digested by baby dinosaurs. They're just gorgeous.

Ten Speed Press gave TiP special permission to blog these. Click on them for a larger view.


Belmont Blankie


Photography studio Hornick/Rivlin did a great job with this project. With most of the shots in the book straight-on photos of stuffed animals (only a few are from non-"catalogue" perspectives) I'm guessing that orienting these floppy, tattered blankets was one of the most interesting parts of their shoots for this book. And they did an outstanding job. You can check out more of their work here. (Note to photographers and artists everywhere: If you abandon a site and put up a new one, take the old one down, because it will still draw visitors, most of whom won't think to look for another site after clicking on the top Google search result for your company!)

Ten Speed Press is running a contest for readers through the month of May to submit their own photographs and stories of "lovies" online for a chance to win a copy of the book and other prizes. A new winner is selected every week.

I wrote a bit more about the book here.

Images reprinted with permission from Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories: A Tribute to the Threadbare Companions of Childhood. Copyright (c) 2007 by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Hornick/Rivlin.

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