Podcast 14 – “Choices”

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Kristina and I reunite to discuss the theme of “Choices.”

As always, Kristina and I had a great time critiquing each other’s photographs. This time around, our conversation revolved around not only the idea of choice, but of destiny and going against our programming. We also spent a great bit of time talking about the importance of light, and the Star Wars novel Lost Stars written by Claudia Gray.

The podcast is live now at the usual places, and of course you can listen to it – and follow along with our photos! – right here on the blog.

My Image

Mondo Deluxe Iron Giant by James Garcia
You are who you choose to be

My image was inspired by the themes of The Iron Giant, especially the quote, “You are who you choose to be.” Kristina went even deeper into the ideas presented here, and brought up questions about not only a robot’s programming, but global politics.

Kristina’s Image

Stormtrooper by Kristina Alexanderson
by Kristina Alexanderson

Kristina’s dreamy image brings into question the reality of a Stormtrooper’s life. Do the white armored Imperials actually have free will? Or is their destiny to simply serve the Empire?

Guest Submissions

Harvey Dent Two Face by @sh4dow_haunter

We discussed one guest submission this week, from @sh4dow_haunter. I especially like the accompanying caption, which reads: “There are two wolves at battle inside every person. One wolf represents anger, greed and envy and the other represents love, empathy and kindness. Which one wins? The one that you feed.”

A few others gave their interpretations as well, which you can check out below.

As always, thank you so much for listening! As Kristina and I confess at the beginning of this episode, we were a bit nervous about other people enjoying these themed episodes as much as we do. Your continued support and kind words tell us that we shouldn’t be worried!

Until next time, sound off with your interpretation of the Choices theme, and how you felt about ours, in the comments!


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  1. James

    Glad you liked my Two Face submission. Really enjoyed hearing you both talk about it! Playing with long exposure and lighting is new to me so I really appreciate all the positive things you said about this shot.
    Also because Kristina was wondering about the background, it’s actually a warehouse diorama! I’ve only used it a couple of times before but if you scroll down my feed enough, I’ve got some Harley Quinn shots which show it better!

  2. You wondered if people listen to and enjoy these theme podcasts. * I do! *
    I’m new to this site, and the conversations between you two are my favorite thing here: you have such a good connection and insight. I do look at the photos before you start talking, but I appreciate the verbal descriptions too—they recall the images to my mind and help me pay attention to details I missed.

    I’m sort of new to toy photography. Or, rather, I’m like the character in Moliere who is pleased to learn he has been speaking prose all his life: I’ve been setting up toys to photograph for a few years, but I didn’t realize it was A Thing. 🙂

    Your shared delight and insight encourages me to take it a little more seriously—that is, to actually learn some photography… Like most people who use their camera without bothering to learn the settings, my photos are limited by my technical know how (or not-know-how).
    So, thanks for your podcast and photos! –Fresca

    • Thank you so much, Fresca! I’m so happy to hear that you get so much out of these episodes. I too was limited for a long time by my gaps in technical know-how (I even just wrote a post about it!) but it’s been fun to learn and experiment over the years. Keep on shooting, and thanks for listening!

  3. Koncrete_bricks

    Another great podcast guys! I listn to these on my hour long drive to work in the morning, I always hop outta my truck on site with a smile on my face.
    Im also very excited to be actually be able to share some shots for next months theme.. as action shots is kinda my niche 😁

  4. Oh gosh, I feel so lame being this late in reading the blog 🙁 but I’m honoured to be featured in this post!!! Thank you so much for noticing my picture!!!
    I promise I’ll catch up asap. Life is giving me many ups and downs in pursueing this hobby and passion but I love it and love the work you’re doing! Keep it up! Many of the posts I read are meaningful for motivation and inspiration, as I am forced by the life I live and the judment of many to keep this passion hidden and not giving the time I would to it. So reading to theese posts and listening how much you observate pictures and see the details and thoughts behind, it fills me with positivity.
    So thank you again for this!

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