Podcast 75: Death

For this week’s podcast, Kristina and I tackled our biggest and most popular theme to date: Death!

Death has been an important part of art ever since there were artists to interpret it. Despite incorporating some elements of death in many of our own photos in the past, Kristina and I both found this challenge difficult. Would we have anything to add to the conversation?

I’ll let you give the answer to that. We both ended up finding interesting angles in which to approach the subject, and were happy to see so many listeners do the same!

My image

Inspired by the cinematography of Pixar’s Coco

Kristina’s image

Death of a toy

Listener submissions

Thanks to all of the listeners who participated alongside us in photographing death! I was happy that our theme overlapped with the monthly challenge happening on MeWe; it was fun to see so many interpretations coming from all corners of our community. There were more than 50 images submitted, and I wish I could embed them all here. Instead, I point you to the #tp_death tags on Instagram and MeWe so that you can see them all. You’ll find the images we discussed on the show below.

Thank you so much for listening! If you’d like to participate in our next theme – Monochrome – upload your shots to Instagram or MeWe with the hashtag #tp_monochrome and tag me (@thereeljames23) and Kristina (@kalexanderson) by Friday, November 22nd. You can also email it to us directly at toyphotographypod@gmail.com.

What did you think of our Death theme? Continue the conversation with us in the comments below!


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  1. Nice episode K and J!

    I want to thank you both for talking about my image. I had second thoughts about even posting this image because while the title is humorous, the subject isn’t. I knew I might be misinterpreted or worse yet bring up the pain of loss for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. So I want to apologize to anyone who might be adversely affected by this image. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

    And while I appreciate K’s distaste for all things LEGO yellow, I think in the case of this image it works beautifully. There are many extreme contrasts in this image: large vs small, soft fabric vs hard plastic, bright colors vs near monochromatic etc. In fact it is this extreme contrast which make this an interesting image to me. Both the small LEGO baby and the custom grim reaper are almost cartoonish abstractions of common ideas which for me is where the humor lies. So while the yellow may seem like a distraction it only highlights the absurdity of the image for me.

    Thanks again for talking about my image and the discussion around all the images presented. 🙂

  2. Janan

    Beautiful images featured and Kristina’s take is so different and reminds me of some of the portrait work setup in her other images. I like the duality in it which makes me question who makes who come alive – the toy or vice versa.

    Looking forward to monochromatic November!

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