I’m falling in love with my subjects  

I fell in love with my plastic Stormtrooper the first time I saw him. I fell for his shoes first. Then I saw the rest and I was totally lost.  I love the helmet and the expression. After my project with Stormtroopers, I’ve been falling in love with my subjects in periods. It happens both when I photograph toys as well as when I photograph people. Out of love, I want to come back to these subjects that I’ve fallen for, again and again,  I can not get enough …

I’m in love with a new toy

For the moment, I feel that feeling when I look at a toy I borrowed from Earth People. It’s a wrestler. It’s as plastic as plastic toys can be, and he is anything but flexible or beautiful. The pictures I take of this wrestler feel like documentation. I don’t want to or can’t capture the feelings I have toward this figure. My images don’t seem to lift. I wish they would, because then I wouldn’t have to struggle. I’m so in love with what I see, but I’m not impressed with the result, because I can’t capture all that I see or feel.

When I look at this toy I see so much that I seem to fall for. To some extent, this toy is a symbol of  attributes that I admire; he’s strong, independent, but at the same time very ridiculous. In my imagination he isn’t aware of that or maybe he is but he doesn’t care. He has a mask and a cape – both are pink. In my eyes is he an anti-hero, a bit ugly, stubborn and truly ridiculous in his apperence. But at the same time his is also strong and independent. The toy is priceless and wonderful … I’m completely lost and totally in love.

a fallen wrestler

I don’t know how I should portray my new love

I only have one small problem. Even though I can’t get enough of this subject, I do not know how I should use my feelings to tell his story (or if it’s my story that I want to tell through him. I’m not sure). I haven’t found an expression to convey the feelings that this wrestler arouses. My emotions are contradictory – he’s strong and dangling, a hero wearing a pink mask – and yet nothing like a classic hero with his pink tights and his pink cape. So while I’m looking for an expression, I continue to document my “new” love with my camera.

Kristina

P.S. Taking out my Trooper to photograph for this post made me feel the same feelings I always do when I look at that toy through my camera 🙂

“There is no love like the first love.”

To do an image every day for a year

I’ve done several 365 projects and I find them fun and challenging. But the challenge for me is not to photograph every day. That isn’t difficult, just push the button! 😉

The challenge is to photograph in all weather, all light and in different places. In addition, I try to create an image that I want to stand behind. Honestly, I’ll have to admit that far from all the images I publish during my 365-projects are ones that I want to stand behind. But as far as I can, each day, I try to make them as good as they can be. The images I don’t think work, I see as drafts or sketches. For me, the real challenge when I’m in the midst of a 365-project, is to settle for a good-enough image. Continue reading To do an image every day for a year

Look again and you will see more than the puddles

Making a 52 project on the theme of reflections has made me realize that I really love water piles, raindrops and how water ripples around toys. Puddles are made for toys.

I have a softspot for puddles

I have always known that I have a softspot for water puddles. But doing this 52-week challenge have made me lie down on the ground for hours just to get a image. This is, or was at some point, something of a novelty for me. I do this to get to the light, the movement in the water, or the right background, the reflection and the right focus or even no focus.

Another insight that I gained from this project is that I just don’t settle for the first puddle that comes my way (I use to do that). Now I inspect them before I start. Is the light right? But it doesn’t end there because I also look at the environment – because it’s also very important. For some reason, parking lots work very well. Maybe because the puddles remain there? Maybe because I can work there without interruptions? I’m not sure. Continue reading Look again and you will see more than the puddles

To look back at my images and redo one – a short reflection

One of the reasons I don’t build a library of images is that I very rarely think that my images from yesterday are able to stand up to the test of time. I often think that I’m the best image-maker today. The image I do today has every chance to become just as I imagined it. A new day, with new opportunities …

I participated in the June challenge

Like many other photographers, I participated in the June challenge that Toyphotographers sponsored on G+: Revisiting and Recreating Your Toy Photos. I went to my archive to find an old image that I wanted to remake or recreate into a new image. Continue reading To look back at my images and redo one – a short reflection

When is my work only mine?

How do you handle your lack of inspiration? I usually look at other peoples work to get inspiration. I do it with hope that I’ll be inspired to create something. But when I do this, sometimes my image becomes a version of someone else work. And that may be a dilemma. Continue reading When is my work only mine?

When is a image finished? 

If someone were to ask me: When is an image finished? I wouldn’t be able to say when… This story or rather this attempt to make a picture that I’m calling “lovers” started with a clear idea, but I’m not sure if it will ever be finished. It all started with me thinking about the fairytale princess and which princesses could play a role in my project on reflections of a toy? Continue reading When is a image finished? 

Social media – why do I use it to post my work?

Pinar wrote a fantastic post that was about quality versus quantity in social media. It made me think about why I post my pictures to social media. I’m one of those photographers who stands for quantity. I post many photos of the same scene, in similar situations – all in the search for an expression, for the right picture, the right atmosphere, the right feeling. Continue reading Social media – why do I use it to post my work?

A princess – is that a subject for me?

I don’t know what to think when I refer to when the toy of my choise is a princess. While I may not know the answer I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a princess. I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of a princess because I don’t believe in a monarchy style of government. The idea that someone should be born to a profession or a position isn’t anything I can support.

Waiting for a prince

But if we ignore the political aspects of the title, the title also raises a lot of other connotations. Every future princess seems to be waiting for a prince. In many fairy tales her role is to be passive. She is there only to be rescued from evil, the victim of revenge or enchantment. In the fairy tales where the princess is a figure that is active (not passive), her role is reduced to liberating the prince, by a kiss or her “true” love. Continue reading A princess – is that a subject for me?

How and when did you find your photographic expression?

How does a photographer find their own photographic expression? Have you ever wondered? I often wonder if or when I’ll ever find or be content with mine. I often feel that I’m in search of my own expression, or for the right expression. This search has gotten me to see that there is some advice that I believe has helped me to define my style… Continue reading How and when did you find your photographic expression?

My private project is all about soft focus

For a long time I have been drawn to images that have a soft-focus or even images that lack all focus. I also really love abstract art created by artist like Mondrian, Klee, Picasso and so on. The way abstract artist work with lines and forms to make an abstraction of realty is amazing. My admiration for these abstract artists has led me to try to create more abstract elements in my photographic work. But no matter how hard I try, I never seem to come to the next level with this ambition. Maybe this is because I don’t dare to leave my comfort zone to create abstract images, or maybe it’s because I lack the skills. Continue reading My private project is all about soft focus