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PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

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PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sioin Queenie Liao / Wengenn in Wonderland

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By Bryan Chan, Los Angeles Times

Freelance artist Sioin Queenie Liao created these fairytale dreamscapes of her napping son using common household items for a series of images called “Wengenn in Wonderland.” A skirt was folded to represent the moon and a belt for a snake. No shopping required. Creating a scene “just like how an artist would with her paint brushes,” Liao said.

queeniePhotography has always been her hobby and naturally Liao turned her lens on her three children, taking inspiration from photographer Anne Geddes. When Wengenn, her third child, was 3 months old, she came across the work of Adele Enersen on her sleeping daughter Mila and went in that direction.

Growing up, Liao would get lost in the fairytale stories of her childhood, and for these images, she would imagine Wengenn as the main character of these episodes. “My vision was to create a series of photos portraying him exploring his imaginary, enchanting fairytale-like world,” she said.

She would plan her scenes while caring for Wengenn and dress him for the shoot. Then wait for nap time that fortunately lasted about two hours, giving her ample time to work. Sometimes he would wake up. When this happened, “I would simply put down my camera and play with him,” she said. “No need to rush, because the best ones were when he actually slept peacefully.”

Sometimes it took her two or three days to get a nice picture of an episode. She uses natural light and stands on a high bar stool to get the right angle.

Liao has well over a 100 images portraying “a cute little story of Wengenn in his journey of adventure.” A book of her photos, “Sleepy Baby”, was published in Taiwan in July 2012. The book provides step-by-step details of how some of those pictures were made, as well as how other art crafts can be made out of baby pictures. She is working on an English version of the book.

Now that Wengenn is older he can appreciate the images. His two brothers just wish Liao had thought of this when they were babies.

See more of her photos on Facebook

Follow Bryan Chan on Twitter @bryanchanphoto

4 Comments

  1. November 1, 2013, 12:05 pm

    What a delightful MOM ! These photos will be PRICELESS to the child and its own family many years from now.

    By: edward.shaw@twc.com
  2. November 1, 2013, 12:51 pm

    something to bring an instant smile to your face

    By: Daisyblue1
  3. November 2, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Words can’t do justice to how wonderful these photographs are.

    Wow!

    By: Tom
  4. November 2, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Great idea for a studio/business. Parents and kids will be able to see their dreams come true .

    By: rd2life@me.com

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