If you read Scott Metzger’s post on the Toy Photographers blog, you’ll find this description under the “About the Author”: “I was a photographer. Then I wasn’t. Then I was again. Be present.” Beginnings, middles, and ends. We can apply that arc to just about anything—from a movie’s or book’s plot to where we find ourselves on this journey of life.

Scott Metzger is drawn to this arc, to trilogies, and to symphonic movements. He thinks in threes (or multiples of), as evidenced by his Instagram feed, where his past life curating art converges with his desire to offer not only a collection of photos but what he calls a “visual experience” for his followers/viewers. In this episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast, Scott and I dig into his journey to toy photography and what it means to follow one’s curiosity to see where it might lead. 

Areas of discussion

  • Scott’s focus on curating image sets—and how he feels when that carefully curated feed falls out of sync)
  • Scott’s toy photography goals
  • How other art forms and artists offer inspiration and allow for a richer creative life
  • Having an accountability partner
  • What it means to prioritize living a creative life and the true purpose of creating 
  • Scott’s “In the Style of” photography projects 
  • How studying others’ works can inform, inspire, and strengthen our own skills
  • Toys as self-expression and toys as language
  • Scott’s dreams of curating a show of toy photography 
  • And so much more…


As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts after listening to this episode: What are your goals when it comes to your own toy photography? What other art forms inspire you? Have you tried taking a “curated” approach to your feed? What photographers/artists would you like to emulate? Leave a comment below, join our communities on MeWeFacebook, or Instagram and be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you’ll never miss an episode!