This series explores loss of innocence. The Teddy Bear is a timeless and powerful expression of childhood and an earlier, simpler time. It can also stand as a symbol for individual memories of youth or society’s collective memory of the past. Through the images in this series, I am reflecting on experiences that erode our innocence, whether individually or collectively. Initial viewings may engender amusement, but I encourage patient contemplation of a more personal emotional meaning.
The Teddy Bear used in this series belongs to my wife, and to her father and grandfather before her. It has a long memory.