With her breathtaking, absolutely magical photographs, California artist and mother Sioin Queenie Liao has turned naptime into a work of art. Inspired by artists Adele Enerson and Anne Geddes, Liao used her son Wengenn’s daily naps as a canvas for her experimental photos. Her images depict what Wengenn’s dreams might look like, or even about what Lo wishes he were dreaming. Even though he’s asleep in every photo, Liao’s son plays a crucial role in every photograph, and we can imagine how quickly and quietly she must have worked to capture each scene without waking her son up.
Queenie attributes her first exposure to this style of baby photography to Adele Enerson’s book, When my Baby Dreams. Once she became fascinated by the concept, she tapped into her childhood imagination: “I grew up indulging myself in fairy tales. Those fairy tales from my childhood gave me a multitude of ideas to try out.” Whether her son is creating his own masterpiece or sailing on a boat to dreamland, Liao combines imaginative scenarios with everyday objects we might not associate with dreams. Overall, the project successfully captures how dreams are overlooked as we get older and how much fun we can have incorporating them into our adult imaginations.
How did Sioin manage to create such elaborate scenes? Besides being blessed with a sound sleeper, Liao explained that her scenes were mostly created beforehand: “after Wengenn fell asleep, I would place him at the center of the theme I’d created and start taking pictures.” Some of Liao’s images show her son in special outfits or costumes to compliment the scene. Even though Sioin created her dreamscape scenes beforehand, from the way her son’s positioned or interacting with props you can assume that she very carefully inserted him into each scene without disturbing his nap!
Sioin’s images can be viewed at wengenninwonderland.com and her American book is forthcoming.