For a newly released book project, photographer Mark Nixon has captured intimate portraits of cherished stuffed animals that have been ripped apart and bruised after years of play and snuggles. Although seemingly sad at first, you can’t help but think that the more tattered the plush possession, the more loved it was. It’s not easy being a teddy bear!

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Tom O’Connor Jr - Beary

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Shane Maher

MuchLoved Project

Lua Spencer - Flopsie

(Much Loved $13.50, available here)