I learned that the concept of Abyss in toy photography reflects a series of personal choices. In the latest episode of The Toy Photographers Podcast, Kristina and I discuss our images and two submissions from the community.

As our discussion progressed, it became clear that while everyone started with the same word, the artistic choices made at every step of the process led to dramatically different results. Several themes emerged from the group submissions: solitude, mystery and seriousness with an occasional bit of whimsy and color.

Listen to the full episode here:

“If you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

Frederick Nietzsche

The images in order of discussion

Too Close for Comfort by Shelly Corbett
Just One More Chapter by Joshua Kittleson
The Social Media Abyss by Sunny Ang

A series of choices

As always, thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s challenge. You really exemplified the fact that expressing a concept in photography is a series of choices. How you crop, when you pull the trigger or how you present an image, as well as the props you use, each represents a piece of the story you tell the viewer.

Kristina and I loved the variety and thoughtfulness that went into all the images. Please check out the hashtag #tp_podcast_abyss and enjoy the many unique interpretations.

Next up

Abyss is a challenging concept to interpret. Now it’s time to turn our attention to a word with a whole new set of challenges: Kindness. We encourage you to create an image using any toy of your choice that conveys your vision of Kindness.

As we’ve seen in past challenges, setting limitations stimulates creativity. We appreciate everyone who takes the time to think deeply about their photos and create work that is meaningful to them. Kristina and I look forward to seeing your interpretations of Kindness.

Please tag your submissions by Aug 21 (also Mr. Wilson’s birthday!) using the hashtag #tp_podcast_kindness. This way we can find your photos on either Instagram or in our MeWe community and feature them. We will choose two images from the community to discuss that we believe represents overarching themes on Kindness.

Until next time…

~ Shelly