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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Bridget Murphy Milligan

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Midwest

Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child's Play in B&W

As both a mother and artist, I believe some of life's most meaningful moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy with reality. These duotone images are part of a photographic project entitled "Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child's Play." Celebrating the spirit of childhood, the series investigates the imaginative play and the uninhibited curiosity of children. Rooted in the fertile soil of our small farm in central Ohio, the images visually weave together normal real life situations with unexpected fictional narratives my children reenact. In examining the significant discoveries that come from play, photographing common childhood fantasies and fears, I create dreamlike images which bring a renewed sense of wonder to the ordinary.

Flight Dream

The Guardian

Honeys & Hornets

Water Hose

Brother Bear

Sleeping Bear

Bear Hug

Brother Bear #2

Hunting Games

The Drowning

Fallen Angels

First Blood


Doe a Deer

Sunken Ship

Catch & Release

Time Out

Bark Boy



Giddy Up

Caged & Bound


Fish House

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