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

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

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?

Why do I fail to make a toy photo?

I met my neighbor out on the street. She’s an art teacher and we started talking about a class that she was preparing. It is a class about what makes a photo work. She had set the goal to get her students to realize that a good photo can and should do more than reproduce what the photographer sees. A photograph needs to be something more that just a reproduction of reality.

By our choices in framing, composition, settings, subject, focus, idea, concept etc, we create something more. Mostly the thing that determines if an image works or not is the details. It can be the idea or the concept behind the image, or something totally different. Continue reading Why do I fail to make a toy photo?

Toys are the best subject for photography

On this blog, we get to read different photographers statement about ‘why?’ they do toy photography. The reasons for doing toy photography may vary from photographer to photographer, but we all seem to share a common love for the subject: toys. Toys and photography are closely linked together, in what we call toy photography. Thinking about the subject, I’ve come to the conclusion that toys may be the very best subject for a photographer. I don’t think you will question me, but I’ll share my reasons anyway. Continue reading Toys are the best subject for photography

a 52-project makes me want to explore more

I admit that light is one motivator for my toy photography. In my images is light an element that I try to work with. Part of my obession with light as a factor in my work is that I prefer to work outside. If I can choose I only work in an environment where I know the possibility’s. My favorite time to photograph is early in the morning. To be honest, I could say that I only do toy-photography when the weather (light) is inspiring (if I’m not doing a 52-project). Continue reading a 52-project makes me want to explore more

I try to find answers through my choice of subject

When I’m choosing my subjects I think a lot about the symbols that come with my choice of subject.

Working with troopers

For a long time I’ve worked with Stormtroopers as my main characters. With that choice of subject comes symbols and connotations that I, as a photographer, can’t change. I have to choose to work with or against them. When I am working with my troopers I’ve tried to ask and to find answers to many questions. A few of the questions that I’ve tried to researched are: Continue reading I try to find answers through my choice of subject

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.

Time for a photochallenge – make a book cover

It’s my time to announce a new photo challenge on the blog.  Just like all the previous challenges we have found it in the book: “The photographers playbook“.  This time I want to challenge you to make a book cover:

Think of a title for a book that you wish you could check out from the library and make a cover for the book.

Triin Tamm

I hope you will join Shelly and I as we explore what our own book covers will look like.

Kristina