To Anne Geddes, photography is so much more than a job: it’s a passion, and a visible one at that. Every photo she takes captures the innocence, purity and vulnerability of children. And to Anne, this perfectly expresses the need to protect, nurture and love every child.
“Before I even began photographing my first calendar in 1992 I did private portraiture for 10 years. This taught me many people skills, in particular how to deal with children of all different ages, and I found through this work that I was particularly drawn to babies.
“I don’t remember it ever being a conscious decision, but I fell in love with them as a subject. Babies are for me an incredibly emotive subject matter, and as a result my work is intensely personal. But I also feel that babies and children express and illustrate the deeply held universal values of beauty, trust, love, purity, and innocence. They are also a powerful symbol of hope for our future. I love photography for the ability to capture this in a single frame.”
Heartfelt is Anne Geddes’ latest offering and this 2014 calendar drew inspiration from a fibre which she has worked with so many times before: Merino wool.
“It was just so simple to pop them in there, and the moment that the little baby was about to go to sleep and just went ‘Ahhh’ down into the wool: that just spoke volumes for how babies sleep well in wool.” - Anne Geddes
“It was in some ways surprising when I did go over my body of work just how much I had used wool in so many of my images. The variations in colour and texture give me that creative support. The babies also feel so comfortable, so there is no doubt that I will continue to use wool if the opportunity comes about.”
Every image in this stunning new calendar features newborn babies snuggling up to soft Merino wool – be it a woolly koala perched on a woollen tree, or two gumnut babies adorably popping their heads out of woollen gumnuts – Merino wool was the natural fit for Heartfelt.
“All of the props in the Heartfelt calendar were made out of wool, and that was the challenge I set myself. The tree in the calendar, with the koala baby, is wrapped in wool, so the baby was actually snuggled in, and the baby was also wearing an outfit that is soft and woolly. It was just so simple to pop them in there, and the moment that the little baby was about to go to sleep and just went ‘Ahhh’ down into the wool: that just spoke volumes for how babies sleep well in wool.
“The fact that wool keeps babies temperature regulated became so obvious to me during the shooting of this calendar. The combination of everything - a warm, contented baby with a full tummy and all that beautiful wool around it was just so soft like one big cushion.”