Sometimes I think we photographers—particularly those of us who have photography as a profession—take our craft too serious. We want it to be perfect, composition has to be right, light has to be beautiful, and of course the subject has to be something that says something important about whatever we are photographing. But sometimes I think we should let down our shoulders a little and just play with our craft. Not always take everything so serious. What better then than to give yourself a project that is silly, funny and absolutely free of all pretensions. I have had such a project for many, many years. Me and my love one have a little red teddy bear, worn out, ragged and quite faded. He has been travelling with us on holidays and been photographed as a family member, whether it’s in the Eiffel tower, in the jungle of Peru or just up some mountains in our back country. I have taken Ted—as he is simply called—with me on professional assignments as well, and nothing loosens up the atmosphere as bringing Ted out and put him on a shoulder of someone I have photographed «seriously».
Here are some later photos of Ted. If you think he is fun and photogenic, you can see some older photos of him on my web site here: Red Ted.