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Toy Photography: How to, Why, its Roots & More!

Hi there!

I’ve been using toys and miniatures in my photography since 2008. My work in this field hasn’t always been good, and sometimes it’s still not. But sometimes it’s really good. I’ve had my work in publications and galleries across the globe and I’m very passionate about the subject of toy photography and its deep roots. Because of this I research and write about toy photography and related subjects pretty often and maybe just maybe, you’ll find this info useful in your own life and work.

Let me know if there’s a topic you’d like to see here. More will be added in time.

– Tourmaline .

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Color your World: Raw Sienna

This week, the color is Raw Sienna.

  • Between now and whenever you have the time, share a post inspired by the color(s) on your own blog or social media. A poem, flash fiction, photo, drawing, whatever you’d like!
  • Link back to this post and include your post link in a comment below so that I can share your link next week.
  • Tag your blog post ‘coloryourworld’ so others can find your post in their WordPress Reader.

Check out the CYW home page with links to all weekly challenges as they post.

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Tourmaline .’s 2020 Countdown to Christmas

I’m hosting my first ever Christmas challenge this year!

Each day in December, up til Christmas, there will be a new prompt. Share a picture, write a poem, write a blog about your day, anything along the lines of the theme will do!

Post as often or as little as you’d like. Share your links with me on my daily post and I’ll keep a running list of all participants both here and on the daily posts, whether by blog, social media, however you contribute.

If you’re posting on instagram tag #tschristmascountdown, and tag me @tourmalinenow so that myself and others can find your post.

Hope you have a jolly good time!

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Color your World: Radical Red

This week, the color is Radical Red.

  • Between now and whenever you have the time, share a post inspired by the color(s) on your own blog or social media. A poem, flash fiction, photo, drawing, whatever you’d like!
  • Link back to this post and include your post link in a comment below so that I can share your link next week.
  • Tag your blog post ‘coloryourworld’ so others can find your post in their WordPress Reader.

Check out the CYW home page with links to all weekly challenges as they post.

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White’s Guide to Collecting Figures, Number 19, July 1996

A collector’s magazine, popular in the 90s. I picked it up at a used bookstore in Texas for $1.99. It has everything from prices for figures to a tutorial on how to customize your own action figures.

If you know more the history of White’s Guide to Collecting Figures, let me know. While I can find copies for sale everywhere online, I can’t find out a lot about the magazine itself. According to saved captures on Wayback Machine, the White’s Guide website, as referenced in the magazine, wwcd.com seems to have stopped being updated in 2001 and begins redirecting to collectingchannel.com in late 2003. The website went down all together 2007-2014 and the URLs were then purchased by other companies.

Click the first image to open the gallery carousel and zoom in to read.

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A Doll’s House, Style Magazine, January 2004

A dollhouse article I clipped from Style Magazine when I was 12 years old and still have to this day. One of these days I hope to share a Dolls House Emporium catalog with you as well. I marveled over the pictures of dollhouse scenes for hours but no longer have a copy.

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The History and Psychology of Toys

The Place of Play

We begin to play as soon as we’re born, moving our arms and legs, discovering the new world we’ve come into. Eventually toys get added to play. Whether store bought, or found sticks, objects become representative of the world around us, and we learn through our play with them.

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A Timeline of the History of Miniatures: From Ritual and Religious Object to Plaything and Collectible

A re-look at a past post, miniatures since the beginning of time.

Tourmaline .

Miniatures have taken the world by storm. And why wouldn’t they? The internet allows the spread of their tiny glory to miniacs all over the world. But they have a hugely amazing history, dating back to ancient Egypt, if not further, and I think that history needs to be explored.

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Color your World: Purple Pizzazz

This week, the color is Purple Pizzazz.

  • Between now and whenever you have the time, share a post inspired by the color(s) on your own blog or social media. A poem, flash fiction, photo, drawing, whatever you’d like!
  • Link back to this post and include your post link in a comment below so that I can share your link next week.
  • Tag your blog post ‘coloryourworld’ so others can find your post in their WordPress Reader.

Check out the CYW home page with links to all weekly challenges as they post.

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