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Nasty Little Critters: Using terrifying toys to make fun of childhood and parenting

In her latest series, photographer and artist Jane Long ponders the ups and downs of being a parent through horrific children’s toys.

Nasty Little Critters is a tongue-in-cheek reflection of childhood and parenthood,” the Australian mum wrote on her blog.

“With the passing of several family members and my children reaching adulthood I find myself reflecting both on the sweet highlights and the painful losses of family relationships. As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I’m happy to poke a little fun at my past.

“Most of the main characters in this series are toys from both my and my children’s childhood, albeit a little altered! There are also items from my parents and siblings. These images represent the darker side of how we feel about those we love unconditionally and those who we know intimately through shared history. We are all nasty little critters!”

You can find out more about Jane Long and her work here.

Nasty Little Critters: a tongue in cheek look at childhood and parenting
Nasty Little Critters: a tongue in cheek look at childhood and parenting
Nasty Little Critters: a tongue in cheek look at childhood and parenting
Nasty Little Critters: a tongue in cheek look at childhood and parenting