Podcast 44 – Looking Back at 2018 with Kristina Alexanderson

Are you still feeling nostalgic about 2018? Are you still writing an 8 instead of a 9 on all of your checks? Then this is the podcast for you!

2018 was a landmark year for me. Launching the podcast took me on an artistic adventure that led me all over the world. Over the course of 42 episodes I spoke with photographers in the United States, Australia, France, Canada, Finland, Singapore, and the UK. We had listeners from even more countries, scattered across the globe.

In total, we had over 10,000 downloads! I want to thank each and every one of you who listened, participated, shared, commented, and subscribed. I couldn’t be more proud of the podcast, and am so excited for what 2019 has in store!

Thanks for 10K podcast downloads in 2018!

Looking Back

Before we look ahead, I have a special episode that takes us back in time. In this week’s show, Kristina interviews me about the podcast. Why I started it, how the episodes are produced, what lessons I’ve learned, how it’s changed me as a photographer, and what we have to look forward to this year.

It ended up being our longest episode to date. I guess that talking on a podcast for a year gave me a lot to say!

Looking Ahead

So, what’s next? I’m in the process now of recording and scheduling new episodes, and am excited about the lineup so far. I’ll also be seeking help this year with producing the show, so if you have any interest or experience, please let me know by sending an email to toyphotographypod@gmail.com.

In addition to our interview and themed episodes, I’ll be finding new ways to utilize this unique podcast format for our toy photography community. More reviews, general discussions, special guests… the sky’s the limit! I’ll also be tweaking the release schedule this year to include a few periodic “season” breaks, but haven’t decided on the timeframe yet. Once I do, it’ll be announced on the show and here on the blog.

Next Theme: Diptych

If you want to participate in our first themed episode of the year, Kristina and I will be discussing diptych photography. It’s a very cool technique that I don’t see utilized very much for toy photography, so I’m very excited to try it out.

If you want to join us and share your interpretation (and perhaps get your photo discussed on the show) please have it taken and uploaded to social media by next Friday, January 25th. We’ll be recording our episode the next morning. When you upload your shot, use the hashtag #tp_diptych and tag both myself (@thereeljames23) and Kristina (@kalexanderson).

Thanks again for listening, and for making 2018 an incredible year. I’ll see you guys next week for our first solo guest interview of 2019.


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  1. Janan

    Welcome back James and Kristina to the microphone! It’s a pleasure to hear your voices again. So many things I could comment on but I’ll keep it brief.

    James, it’s so cool to hear that you’re doing something that brings you joy as well as put smiles on other people’s faces. It takes so much to produce an episode and my hope is that you’ll find a comfortable pace this year with the podcast.

    I enjoy the themed episodes and Kristina articulates it so well when she said it allowed one to know the photographer more and I do think it allowed us, the listeners, to appreciate your images. Personally, I do hope to continue contributing images to the themes as they challenge me not only creatively but also to dig deeper meanings.

    Kudos for the great work with the podcast. It definitely does not go unnoticed.

  2. Thank you James and Kristina for a fascinating year. Ive enjoyed listening to all your conversations including this. I wish you both well in the new year and look forward to thinking about photography in new ways through your themed episodes.

    James, Thank you for bringing so much of yourself to the podcast. It was good for me to hear how much time you put into each episode. I really, really want to encourage you to set a schedule and bring on at least one person to help you with this project. It is simply too big for one person. Its good to hear you still enjoy the process, and my goal is to make sure that this doesn’t change. So please ask for help!

    Again, congratulations to you both for an amazing year of podcasting!!

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