Childish Things

For the book Childish Things, Davis & Davis stage mini-psychodramas on miniature sets with toys portraying the conflicted children who left them behind. A baby falls out of a window while its father rushes to try and catch it; an astronaut's life chord snaps and he floats away from his spaceship; an Eskimo child goes toe-to-toe with a polar bear, unaware of the killer whale looming behind him; a doll standing on a chair lifts her dress to a friendly, phallic worm. Davis & Davis then photograph these tableaux with a shallow focus that suggests the bleary, selective memory.