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?
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
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
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
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.
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.
I hope you will join Shelly and I as we explore what our own book covers will look like.
Shelly ask in her blogpost an open heart and an open mind: “How did I do, Kristina?” After some consideration I decided to reply with a blogpost 🙂 Suddenly I don’t know where to start; maybe I should start in Sweden, late last August on the Baltic Toy Safari, or should I start in May with the Seattle Toy Safari? Never mind I’ll start by saying I’m impressed with Shelly’s mission to take the opportunity of the safari to have an open mind and an open heart towards whatever happened. I will have to borrow that mission for the next Safari I attend. Continue reading How did Shelly do?
My first thought when I read the nostalgia challenge was that this one is written for me.
“As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it.”
My second thought was, I don’t even have to do this one because I’ve already done it. I do it all the time; I’m constantly wrestling with the concept of nostalgia. So many of my pictures with the troopers are connected to the theme of nostalgia. Or they are about being a parent exploring the world through the eyes of a child. Or they are about being a child longing for a parents attention or love. Suddenly I started to overthink myself: is this really the concept I wrestle with? I’m not sure… Continue reading Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been
We just have to accept that Kristina is not a group person
I have spent five amazing days in Seattle with the Toy-Safari-group. This is my second safari, since I attended my first in Waxholm last summer and I meet Shelly and the European StuckinPlastic people for the first time. Without the great experience in Waxholm, I would never have ended up in Seattle for this safari. Why? Because just as the quote says in the beginning of this blog post, I’m not a group person, or maybe I’m just a group person for a toy-safari. Continue reading A toy safari is a chance to share a passion
Soon, I’ll take my family and board a plane and head to Seattle for a toy photographers meet-up. Why? Yes, why AM I going half way around the world to take photographs of toys? Continue reading We’re soon leaving for Seattle