A conversation about “hope”

Kristina and Shelly continue their podcast series with a conversation about “Hope”. Beginning with episodes about “Escape” and “Normal“, now they continue with “Hope” as seen through the eyes of toy photography.

Community Submissions

Before you listen to the podcast take a quick look at the following images. Kristina and Shelly discuss these four images and how they reflect our ideas about hope. Sometimes hope arrives in the form of a super hero and sometimes its represented by an enduring friendship. Occasionally hope is denied. As usually the conversation between Kristina and Shelly goes deep and personal as they discuss their images and submissions from the community.

From the community they choose two photographs to talk about. Each of these photographers has taken a very different approach to “Hope”. While appearing very different, these images reflect several of the themes found running through all of the submissions. Please check out the other images submitted for #tp_podcast_hope and feel free to add to the collection.

Matthew Wyjad

The man in ice by Matthew Wyjad

Chris Rose

Dont give up hope. by Chris Rose

Shelly Corbett

I have a dream… by Shelly Corbett

Kristina Alexanderson

The next step

Its clear from this conversation about “Hope” that its meaning is varied and often very personal. Its wonderful to be able to use a motive as diverse as plastic stormtroopers to plush bears to convey a feeling of Hope. Thank you to everyone who participated in our theme challenge. Your images are inspiring!

Now its time to turn our creative energies to the next theme challenge: Abyss.

We want to see your ideas on “Abyss”! Please upload your submissions to either Instagram or our MeWe community. They can be as dark or as hopeful as you dare! Don’t forget to tag them #tp_podcast_abyss! Kristina and Shelly will chose images that illuminate the idea of Abyss for next months discussion. (deadline July 24th)

See you in the abyss!

Thank you for your continued support of the Toy Photographers Podcast. We appreciate your downloads, your listens and your comments.


  1. Matthew Wyjad

    Hahaha. Kristina and Shelly, the BTS in feed debate has raged in many forums. And i have fought for my side… personally BTS enhances the magic for me. I’m not one who is content with mystery. I want to know. I don’t need to know… but i WANT to know. When i see the reveal it’s often more exciting than the illusion. To get an insight into someone’s mind and their creative process is as good as enjoying the final work. Photography is a push pull between reality and illusion. To hold both in your mind without either taking away from the other is a real joy.

    I loved hereing how you both view the image. There is a bit of what each of you said in there for sure, but there is also another facet. The thing that i like about superman is not just that he saves the day. The real great thing about him is that he is a hero whose purpose was to inspire the best in others, even his fellow heros. I feel like that way of viewing people has been dininished somewhat by the media saturated society we live in. We don’t have squeaky clean examples to look up to anymore, and so many superheros now are not much better than the villains. Smart ass rude perverted murdering destroyers. Those anti heros do not inspire hope, or inspire people yo be their best selves. They appeal to our base desires for revenge and the release that comes from smashing what we don’t like, and “winning.” Not to say superman never smashed anything, but at the core he was about being good when it eould be easier to crose the line a avenge. I think people have lost hope because they have stopped believing in that kind of idealism…. so that ideal superman is kindof on ice for now as so many people are disillusioned with the idea of “good.”

    • Matthew, thank you for bringing even more depth to your image. I love your additional perspective and agree about the anti-hero. they were interesting in the days when everything seemed fine. But when the going gets rough, a real hero, with ideal meant to inspire is certainly more satisfying. I hope some day we can earn back our ideal Superman.

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