Eye Candy

Miss You Most of All

A photo tribute to the ultimate comfort.

45 Comments

  • TAUA December 4th, 2012 7:08 PM

    absolutely lovely work :D)

  • Electra Heart December 4th, 2012 7:13 PM

    I love the diy, collage-y feel. So pretty.

  • Eryn December 4th, 2012 7:19 PM

    These are so beautiful and the story is SO sweet!

  • suburban grrrl December 4th, 2012 7:28 PM

    . . .Would anyone like to here me explain why The Wizard of Oz is an allegory for the political climate of the 1890′s? Because I’d be totally fine with it. . .

    http://sub-urbangrrrl.blogspot.com/

    • Abby December 4th, 2012 7:43 PM

      Ummm… YES PLEASE

      • suburban grrrl December 4th, 2012 8:29 PM

        REALLY???? IT’S OKAY WITH YOU?????

        • Abby December 5th, 2012 9:17 AM

          YESSSS Please!

        • suburban grrrl December 6th, 2012 7:13 PM

          The book was written by Populist-sympathizer L. Frank Baum; although this was never confirmed it’s pretty widely accepted.

          OKAY So as Dandelions said below, in the book Dorothy’s ruby slippers were silver (for the “Free Silver” or 16:1 silver/gold ratio that the Populist movement favored), while the yellow brick road was uneven and filled with gaps and holes (like the Gold Standard)

          The Wicked Witch of the East would be the bankers and industrial tycoons of the east coast, while the Wicked Witch of the West is the railroad tycoons, who the Populists and pro to-Populists movements frequently challenged.

          The Scarecrow is the farmers of the west. Part of the problem with the Populists (and the Grange and Farmer’s Alliances) is that they didn’t have the business/political know-how or experience to challenge big business but blah blah blah they had a brain all along!

          The Tinman was the eastern workers, who the Populists never successfully banded together with. The idea is that the workers were dehumanized by industrial life. Baum meant to remind them that they were vital and could make a difference i.e. had a heart.

          The Lion is William Jennings Bryan, three-time failed Democratic candidate for president who Baum supported. Bryan was a great speaker but he never got elected. The lion becoming brave was meant to say “hey Bryan you can do it you just gotta believe!”

          The Wizard is William McKinley, built up to be a great man by advisor Marcus Hanna but really just a guy.

          Emerald City=D.C., Dorothy=AMERICA, trip down the road=Coxey’s march on D.C.

          THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

        • bewarethejabberwock December 7th, 2012 3:57 PM

          Oh my glob, surburban grrrl you are awesome. I love stuff like this, it’s fascinating.

          Can I ask what you mean by Populists? I’m British and unfortunately know very little US political history. I was researching Populism a while ago, but all I managed to glean from it was that it’s an international movement relating to appealing to ‘The People’, showing you’re on their side against big businesses and corporate interests etc. Also it can apparently be part of various ideologies (Socialism, Fascism, etc). What does it mean in the context of the book? Why did they want the Silver Standard? What was wrong with the Gold Standard?

          ANYWAY learning is fun! Sorry if this comment seems like I’m hijacking this photoset. Definitely not my intention because it is BEAUTEOUSNESS EMBODIED.

        • suburban grrrl December 9th, 2012 2:38 PM

          Hey bewarethejabberwock, the Populists, or the People’s Party, were a short-lived political party in America made up mostly of western/southern farmers. You’re right about what they stood for basically, but in the context of the book it’s referring specifically to the political party. The actual party pretty much dissolved in 1896 (officially disbanding in 1908) after their issues (the money question) were absorbed by the Democratic Party in the election of that year.

          The whole silver/gold thing is a little complicated, but I’ll try my best here. The Populists, because they were farmers mostly, were pro inflation because their crops were worth more. The 16:1 ratio meant that 16 oz of silver was worth 1 oz of gold, and for a time the American economy was backed by silver. The only reason I can give you for them being against the Gold Standard was that many believed it was insufficient and had a lot of holes (sorry!)

          I would suggest reading William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech because it discusses the issue and it’s also very good, if you’re into that kind of thing.

          Thanks for letting me be a nerd, guys! I really appreciate it!

    • dandelions December 4th, 2012 10:31 PM

      A year ago, I read in an economics book that is an allegory about economical system of those years. The true is that Dorothy’s shoes weren’t ruby shoes but silver shoes, because in those times they wanted to change the gold standard (in which the standard economic unit of account is a fixed weight of gold) for silver standard instead.

  • HollinsCollins December 4th, 2012 7:32 PM

    TOO COOL FOR WORDS.

  • solverde December 4th, 2012 7:33 PM

    These are gorgeous.

  • eireann December 4th, 2012 7:33 PM

    This is so beautiful!

  • FiveDimesForNineLives December 4th, 2012 7:40 PM

    This is so beautiful.

    http://five-dimes-for-9-lives.blogspot.com/

  • Abby December 4th, 2012 7:44 PM

    Beautiful. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • catpower44 December 4th, 2012 7:45 PM

    So pretty! I love them all!

  • Terra December 4th, 2012 7:59 PM

    Holy shit. That story.

  • OnPlanetAlaina December 4th, 2012 8:04 PM

    I love this super much. I’m teary eyed!

  • litchick December 4th, 2012 8:05 PM

    Such a beautiful photo set!

  • GlitterKitty December 4th, 2012 8:16 PM

    So beautiful (the art and the story). I love the Wizard of Oz.

  • DreamBoat December 4th, 2012 8:21 PM

    This was absolutely stunning and amazing and PERFECT. The beginning almost made me cry and really reminded me of my Nana who I lost many years ago <3 She'll always be in my heart <3
    perfect, perfect shoot

    http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com

  • zombiesockmonkey December 4th, 2012 9:34 PM

    I’ve always had a special love for The Wizard of Oz, but this story is so heart warming that it made me tear up which is something I very rarely do. This is a much needed reminder that even when the ones we really love are gone, we’ll always have special things to remember them by.

  • Microbyte1 December 4th, 2012 10:51 PM

    beautiful and touching

  • Abby December 4th, 2012 11:05 PM

    The link for the 11:00 post isn’t working… Just so you guys know

    • Abby December 4th, 2012 11:06 PM

      JK I lied… it works if you hit the “Today” button first

  • Dylan December 4th, 2012 11:42 PM

    I adore these!

  • SpencerBowie December 5th, 2012 12:10 AM

    I literally cried over your sweet note. I’m glad The Wizard of Oz means so much to you. It means so much to me too. The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie ever. I love the books too. Have all my life and always will.

    I really love these photos. Love the collage too! I’m so sorry about your mom, but so glad you have somewhere like Oz to go and be happy. I love to wander off there too when I just can’t handle life! But like like Dorothy said, “If I ever go looking for my hearts desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.”. W

    • SpencerBowie December 5th, 2012 12:12 AM

      Oops! Hit the submit button too soon!

      I was only going to say, words to live by. :)

      God Bless. :)

  • Caitlin H. December 5th, 2012 4:55 AM

    so, so beautiful!

  • 23reasonstosmile December 5th, 2012 9:26 AM

    OMG THAT RED SHOES ♥

  • cloudinthesky December 5th, 2012 10:16 AM

    This is so sweet. Beautiful photos! I love the story of The Wizard of Oz. Just awesome.

  • spatergator December 5th, 2012 11:45 AM

    The title, along with the note, has got me choked up bad.

  • Mary the freak December 5th, 2012 12:06 PM

    EEEK.

    This is perfection.

    Your eye candy is always the most awesome thing ever!

    Going through the pictures, I was like “AHHH this is the best best picture ever”, but it even got better with every picture. My favorite is number ten, though, it’s completely perfect. <3

    http://birdiewearsatie.blogspot.com/

  • decemberbaby December 5th, 2012 12:32 PM

    Really, really beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Lalalalora December 5th, 2012 1:27 PM

    Oh my god. The story had me in tears. This is beautiful

  • amyhodkin December 5th, 2012 1:47 PM

    oh my this is beautiful… along with the photos, it is all nicely put together.

    http://www.blankbones.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ree December 5th, 2012 2:32 PM

    So very beautiful :’)

  • raggedyanarchy December 5th, 2012 4:21 PM

    These are sooo pretty! I remember watching the Wizard of Oz with my father whenever it came on the tv (that was the only time we could watch it when I was little, because we didn’t own a copy). Somehow, the rarity of it made it a really nice treat.
    I’m really sorry about your mother. A year is, like, nothing when it comes to losing someone you love.

  • Indy December 6th, 2012 9:32 PM

    These pictures are so cool! They give me a nostalgic feeling. When I was a little girl, I had an obsession with these glittery red Dorothy shoes that my aunt gave me and those would be the only shoes I wore. People would just buy me a new pair every time I grew out of the old one. Thank you for such a beautiful picture series!

  • Sea goddess December 8th, 2012 10:56 PM

    how were these edited?

  • Betsy December 21st, 2012 6:19 PM

    i love 6 and 11 they are all really pretty but those are my favourites.

  • Jolala January 10th, 2013 12:01 PM

    This is probably the best thing ever. Amaaaaaazing.

  • alesssurprise February 2nd, 2013 9:02 AM

    oh wow ;_;

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica April 28th, 2013 2:24 PM

    These pictures are beautiful, each one better than the last. My heart goes out to you and your family.