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The 'Mother Goose' Series Puts a Dark Spin on Children's Tales

 - Apr 19, 2011
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The 'Mother Goose' photography series by Jonathan Hobin is a unique contrast to the traditional tales of childhood.

Hobin, who was the mastermind behind the controversial 'In The Playroom' series, has taken the context of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes collection and put a spin on it. Each picture is aptly named after its rhyming predecessor, such as Peter Pumpkin Eater and Miss Muffet. The dark spin on the tales is evident in saddened children and a grimy side to the typical innocence associated with the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes collection.

Hobin describes this Mother Goose series as, "[...] a collection of poems, riddles, and stories that originally were used as tools to educate, remind, or even scare children into a pattern of thought or behaviour. Although the origin of many, if not most of the rhymes, is impossible to determine, their content frequently refers to a specific historical event(s) or societal ill that has no obvious relationship to the starry-eyed innocence we often associate with childhood."