Tourmaline .

Emotive Toy Photographer

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Alpaca facing camera

Alpaca Friends

2 weeks ago I got to visit my sister and her husband in Charlottesville, VA. While there, we hung out with her friend’s alpacas, and they were wonderful. Here are some pictures of the occasion. Hope you enjoy.

Me feeding one of the alpacas. Photo by my sister Leah Wise, stylewise-blog.com.

figure turns on TV, toy photography by Tourmaline .

Monochrome | Polychrome – An Emotive take on Toy Photography

Tourmaline .

Miniatures serve as iconographic objects. Not real people, places or things, but simplistic versions of such. This allows for abstracted views of reality. The perfect medium for creating visual representations of memories and emotions – abstractions of reality within themselves.

Tourmaline . creates emotive imagery by transforming miniature tableaus through her camera lens. Her images draw influence from her midwestern roots and Florida youth.

Tourmaline . graduated from the University of North Florida in the Spring of 2013 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, concentration in Photography, and minors in Art History and Professional Education. She resides in Jacksonville, FL with her fiancé and cat.

Monochrome

Suspend your assumptions. There can be a life well lived inside your comfort zone. She has carved a den of contentment. Everything tailored directly to her truest
self.

As with the majority of my work, these are self portraits, a found identity, a tailored self.

The setting within Monochrome is 1:12 dollhouse scale where 1 inch is equivalent to 1 foot. Meaning, the figure in these photographs is just over 5 inches tall. The figure is a plastic drawing model. Once I had her in my possession I sourced furniture and accessories to create her world. I painted everything a matching tone of grey to that of her plastic. I had the house built for her prior to her arrival.

The 65 images in this series were taken with 1 to 2 studio lights, aiming for a relatively even, but consistent with home interior lighting, feel. Each was photographed horizontally and at a singular aperture. All this to say, balance in focus, lighting, color tone and composition was created intentionally.

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Shopkins Mini Packs

Tiny Products

Miniature versions of everyday grocery packaging are all the rage!

I’m a product photographer by day, and a miniature diorama photographer on nights and weekends. I largely photograph grocery store packaging. So when I see tiny versions of the products I handle all day, I’m so hooked. I’m not the only one though it appears.

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Painted Lady Monarch

Painted Lady Monarchs

Last Saturday, May 18, I attended a release of Painted Lady Monarchs at the Jacksonville Arboretum!

I love the place, but I didn’t know that they did yearly butterfly releases, and I’m so glad I heard about it this year.

So first, here’s a slideshow of the previous time I wandered the trails here. Some images I failed to share on this blog.

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Maine lighthouse

Maine Lighthouses

As some of you know, I recently spent a couple weeks with work in Portland Maine. Very surprisingly, we had a free afternoon during our second week in town and a coworker and I went out to visit 3 of the local lighthouses with that spare time – The Portland Headlight, the Bug Light and the Spring Point Ledge Light. And without further ado, I wanted to share those images I took while there with you.

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side profile of vintage barbie, toy photography by Tourmaline .

Barbie’s 60th Anniversary

Mattel’s infamous Barbie doll celebrated her 60th anniversary on March 9, 2019. The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures even threw her a birthday bash. And of course Mattel celebrated as well.

Back in December I discovered mine and my sister’s 40th anniversary Barbie’s, we were gifted by my grandmother 20 years ago now, in my parent’s attic. We weren’t allowed to open them at the time, but after double checking their value ($28 on ebay) I brought mine home, freed her from her constraints and swore to give her the photo shoot she deserves.

Her 60th birthday felt like the perfect time.

That said, I didn’t get to that photo shoot until late March, but at least she could breathe some fresh air until then :P

So here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Ron's Miniature Shop, Orlando, FL

Ron’s Miniature Shop, Orlando, FL

Ron’s Miniature Shop went viral maybe 7 months ago now, with no online presence whatsoever. But with less and less shops like this existing, word of mouth gets them all the advertisement they need.

Ron’s Miniature Shop has been a staple of Orlando since 1989 and is still going strong.

I was in Lakeland for work and noticed that Ron’s Miniature Shop was going to be almost precisely on my way home to Jacksonville, so of course I had to stop by. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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3 deer in pink forest clearing, toy photography by Tourmaline .

The Clearing

Iridescent Christmas village snow, Victorian style porcelain dollhouse dolls and decorative mantle deer and glitter trees. With these I aimed to make some dreamy forest scapes and I think I accomplished just that.

While I typically disassemble my temporary dioramas after I’ve achieved the desired photos, this one I’ve left in tact as I have another image or two planned with a new doll that should be shipping to me shortly. Stay tuned.

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