Sick statistics

In all my imagined versions of how 2018 might start, I didn’t think of coming down with flu. And yet, here we are, 11 days into the start of the year and I’ve spent most of them sick and feeling like someone hit me with a truck.

If you are like me and not working or doing anything makes you crazy, you might come up with some hair-brained idea to go through all 365 of your project photos and collate data on them (whilst marathon watching episodes of Castle under piles of blankets). You might even, in the interest of visual data, make a few pie charts. Continue reading Sick statistics

Mushroom Season

Mushroom Season – A Six Image Narrative
Glory to you, o Sacred Mushrooms of Mystical Travel! Thanks to your tasty blessing I will travel deep into the Underworld to ask my Great Ancestors about the future of our Tribe. Glory to you!

 

Shroomsies! Oh! Shroomsies! We have luck, precious! We found tasty, tasty shroomsies! We will feast today precious, oh we will feast! Shroomsies, shroomsies, lalala.

 

Oh! UFO! Unspeakable Fungoid Object!

 

Hmm, the White Cloud, rare mushroom. It will be A valuable ingredient of my witcher’s potions. But I have to be very careful…

 

Oh, Mycena pura, beautiful specimen! Such shapely gills!

 

Oh no, it’s lilac bonnet! I’ll better retreat…

~ Tomek Lasek

Authors note: 

My intention is to create a story with the same or almost the same frame, with only the passers by changing. I also wanted to show how the context changes when you replace the figure but the mushrooms remains the same.

If you would like to participate in our six image narrative challenge, please send us a request through the contact page. We will be in touch shortly. 🙂

No Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions.

Sure we’ve got goals for the Toy Photographers community this year. And yes, attending the Cannon Beach Toy Photographers weekend is a personal goal I’ve set myself. But that’s about it. Or so I thought!

I’ve come back from a week of camping down the coast without any resolutions or personal goals for this year.

I’d hardly had time to brush the sand from between my toes before a resolution snuck up on me without me knowing it! Continue reading No Year’s Resolutions

The Foundation Series: A Journey Begins

And so it begins…

Over the past few years I have been on a personal journey to learn photography, and to discover who I am as an artist. Along the way I have gained a lot of insights into the art and craft of toy photography.

I was asked by Shelly to create a series of posts that share some of the things I have learned with the readers of this blog.  The idea is that you, the intelligent good looking readers of this blog, may also be inspired in your own journeys of discovery. Continue reading The Foundation Series: A Journey Begins

Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

We’ve been teasing an exciting announcement, and here it is: We have officially launched our very first podcast! 

The podcast will, of course, be centered around toy photography and the amazing people around the world who have chosen toys as their artistic subjects. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or your other preferred “podcatcher” apps, and they’ll also be made available here on the blog. Continue reading Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

Viva La Resolution!

I’ve always loved the New Year. I know it’s all psychological, and that despite the Earth completing yet another trip around the Sun, New Year’s is just another day.

Yet, I can’t help but feel a renewed sense of excitement at the idea of a “clean slate.” The transition from one year to the next means that you’ve passed Go; it’s time to collect your $200 and move around the board again.

It’s true that only 8% of people actually complete their New Year’s resolutions. Does that mean we should stop setting them? I don’t think so! Continue reading Viva La Resolution!

Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

Please join me in celebrating our Phestive Photo Challenge winners! Last month our G+ community contest had a holiday theme. The idea was pretty simple: create a photograph that celebrates your personal holiday tradition.

It’s the 2017 Phestive Season, and we want to see what that means to you! Is it preparing for the Festival of Lights? Shopping until you can’t see straight? Traveling 27 hours to get “home”? Baking with Mom? Taking Dad to the hospital after that light-hanging incident? What about when you were a child? What memories come rushing back? If it’s part of your Phestive Season, we’re challenging you to capture it… with toys! [pointing to the community title] Whether it’s a memory, a wish, or your phavorite seasonal television show, we challenge you to show the rest of us! – R. E. Wolfe (community moderator)

With a description like this, we knew we were going to see images that ran the gamut from traditional, to darn right silly silly to simply beautiful as only toy photographers can create them. We were not disappointed. Continue reading Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

The freedom of 2018

I’m really looking forward to 2018.

This year is the first year in about a decade that I’m not doing some kind of photo project. I’m not sure how long it will be before I miss the structure of a long project, but the freedom of a free-form photography year is calling to me.

I want to have days where I just don’t have to take a picture. I want to have days where I shoot 10 different pictures and get the chance to spend time learning how to do post-processing on them. I want to be able to be more creative with my shoots, not cram quick photos into days that seem impossibly busy. Continue reading The freedom of 2018

Photography New Year’s Resolutions

Each new year feels like a blank slate full of possibilities. With that feeling of unlimited possibilities I like to set a few photography new year’s resolutions.

I’ve been talking about setting new year’s resolutions on the blog for more than a few years. These past resolutions include having more fun, five words to define a year and of course learning better technical skills. Brett and I even set one for the blog: create more opportunities to grow and support this community in 2018. Continue reading Photography New Year’s Resolutions