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Here is a little retro ditty by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck to see you into 2009:

Looking at Mark Ryden‘s work is an amazing experience in reliving one’s childhood – well it is for me at least. A little trippy but what can I say, I’m a child of the 70s!

rosies_tea_partyRosie’s Tea Party, 2005 (Courtesy Mark Ryden)

sophias_mercurial_watersSophia’s Mercurial Waters, 2001 (Courtesy Mark Ryden)

Interestingly his work also reminds me a little of Loretta Lux. Wouldn’t you say?


Girl with Marbles, 2005 (Courtesy Loretta Lux)


The Irish Girls, 2005 (Courtesy Loretta Lux)


Sasha and Ruby 1, 2008 (Courtesy Loretta Lux)

It’s funny how we seem to be afraid of childhood. It’s a time so full of contradictions I suppose; innocent/knowing, real/surreal, high/low etc… I know in my own practice of photographing children though, that there is something very honest and uninhibited, at least until they hit adolescence. Even then, it’s hard for them to hide that inner rawness. And I think it’s this that is so intriguing for artists. On the other hand, adults can be so predictable which doesn’t always make for great art……… Well, at least not in the mystical sense that these two artists have created their work.

Anyway, here’s to a great 2009! Hope yours rocks!

Written by Lee Grant

December 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

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