Kristina and I got together the other day and discussed what is normal and how can toy photography portray it. This conversation follows our previous podcast discussion about the topic: Escape.

Community submissions

Even with a crazy global pandemic in full swing, we had a couple of community submissions for this session. It’s always a pleasure to see how other community members approach these topics. Because while we have our ideas, we know there are many ways to depict these themes. Our first submission was created by frequent contributor Doug (@doughleyg). While Kristina an I both liked the image, we definitely disagree on the meaning. Is Doug talking about death or our how we perceive and define “normal?”

“You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous…” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden (Image by Doug Gary)

Our other submission was by Astrid (@hey.light) whose image made us both smile. But even a picture as normal as this brought out a difference of opinion about the composition.

“LIFE and a cat, that gives an incredible SUM” – Rainer Maria Rilke (Image by Astrid Heyland)

Our submissions

Kristina’s image harkened back to her classic stormtrooper images. These early works often use the familiar stormtrooper character to portray intimate moments between a parent and child. This new version continues that theme.

Because I knew that I would be discussing my photo with Kristina, who has high standards, I spent a long time thinking about my image. In fact, I spent so much time thinking, I was late for our appointed recording session. By an entire day!

Normal by Shelly Corbett

The challenge

Kristina challenged me to recreate the above image with different central figures. Do you think this was a successful experiment? Does your attitude towards the image change depending the central figure? Please leave your comments below and we will share them in our next podcast.

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Next up: Hope

So far Kristina and I have discussed Escape and Normal. Now we will turn our attention to Hope. I think it is fair to say that this pandemic and other world events have affected how we are approaching our photography.

We would love to see your images of Hope. When you think of this word, what comes to mind? How will you represent this idea in an image using a toy or toys? If you would like your image considered for our next conversation please post it to Instagram or our MeWe community and tag it #TP_podcast_Hope. Feel free to tag Kristina (@KAlexanderson) or myself (@shellycorbettphotography) directly and we will be sure to see them.

Thank you all for listening and for your kind comments about our last podcast. We hope you’re enjoying our deep dives into these ideas and how they shape the images we create and the stories we tell.

See you next time!