Five Words to Define a New Year

I like New Year’s resolutions and although I’m a little late, I have set myself one. I’m challenging myself to live this year by five words: Wonder, Growth, Giving, Friendship, and Contentment.

Last fall I was privileged to partake in a G+ Mentorship program that had a profound effect on my thought process and my life. I’m now trying to write in my journal on a regular basis,  I try to choose gratitude over privilege and I want to live my life with intention. It’s been an adjustment, but one that has already seen some amazing payoffs. Continue reading Five Words to Define a New Year

The light enchants me to do toy photography again

I’ve had a break from my morning habit of taking out my toy box to make photographs. In my universe, it has been a long break! Almost six month. You might be wondering why; the answer is simple – I simply haven’t had any inspiration.

I have already seen that picture

I know that the lack of inspiration is not a real explanation. Inspiration usually comes if I decide to photograph. So maybe lack of inspiration isn’t the true reason. I have felt that it’s hard to find something to explore. I haven’t found any stories that I want to tell with my toys, or maybe I have told all my stories before… One effect of this has been a lack of motivation, and a lack of willingness to photograph toys… Why should I go out and shoot when I don’t have any idea of what the outcome will be?

It’s your kind of light

I have found myself in this pit for a while. Maybe I’m still there. But I can say it all changed one day when my husband said:

– It’s your kind of light out there. Why don’t you go out?

That sentence got me to put on my shoes and take my toy box in one hand, my camera in the other and I went out to photograph. But I’m not sure if I went out to do toy photography or to play with the light reflecting in and around the toys. My husband’s words about the light got me to see one of the things that is essential to me and why I come back to toy photography time after time…and that is the light.

The light itself enchants me.

How do you choose the toys you photograph?

This past weekend I meet up with some local toy photographers for an afternoon of companionship, conversation and photography. As I was looking around at my friends hard at work, I was struck by the variety of toys they had brought along as subjects. There were dinosaurs, Star Wars action figures, Bratz dolls, LEGO mini figures, custom figures, anime figures, and plenty more I couldn’t identify. Which brings me to my question – how do you choose the toys you photograph?

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A clean bill of wealth

Out with the new, in with the old

Lacking motivation. Inspiration deficient. Stuck in a plastic rut. Brick block.

We’ve all be there.

I too was recently on the precipice of a tumble deep into the inability to initiate.

And what does someone like me do in these times? I clean. Continue reading A clean bill of wealth

Do art and do it for the rest of your life

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. – Kurt Vonnegut

This is an except from a letter written by Kurt Vonnegut to the students of Xavier High School in New York in 2006, the year before he died. I stumbled across this the other day as it was making the rounds on G+ and I thought I would share it here with you.

Why?

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#jANTMANuary

Instagram is no stranger to challenges.  Some are organized events that take place once a week/month while others come on like a covert operation with secret instant-messages, planning and coordinated drop times that end up becoming an inside joke to a select few.  These challenges are a key cog in the comradery that makes Instagram a special place for artists. Continue reading #jANTMANuary

the creative process is never linear

The creative process is never linear. Since it’s the end of the year and a convenient time for self reflection, I’ve recently realized something about myself:  I like to shoot my photos within the loose framework of a series. I may shoot under the larger umbrella of toys (or LEGO) but within my photographs you will see consistent themes running through my frequent social media posts. Continue reading the creative process is never linear