What We Keep by Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax, A Reflection

"What makes these objects so evocative for us is that they hold the memories of people, of relationships, of places and moments and milestones that speak to our own identity." We like to criticize consumer culture, and with good reason. But as with everything, there is also good that comes with inanimate objects. A finding... Continue Reading →

In Miniature by Simon Garfield, A Review

“We bring things down to size to understand and appreciate them.” In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World comes to us from Simon Garfield , a journalist and non-fiction author, who writes on a variety of topics. In Miniature is a deep dive into the significant miniatures of history, organized into chapters by miniature type. I’ve... Continue Reading →

Photo Focus: The Effectiveness of Blur in Toy Photography

I recently picked up 'Why It Does Not Have to be in Focus: Modern Photography Explained" by Jackie Higgens, on recommendation from a toy photo friend. Within it's pages, Higgins offers short conclusions on the photographic genres - portraits, document, still life, narrative, landscape and abstract, followed by numerous examples. This allows the book to... Continue Reading →

A Belated Review of The Miniaturist (and a brief history)

I read the novel around November of last year and finally watched the series in full today. This is a review of the series, but I will inevitably be comparing it to the novel throughout.

We begin in Amsterdam in 1686. A young woman, Petronella, has reluctantly agreed to an arranged marriage to a wealthy man in order to have her family's debts paid off. When Petronella arrives at her new home, we meet the strict mistress of the house, Nella's now sister in law, the unmarried Marin, and later in the evening, Nella's aloof and often absent new husband, Johannes, joins the scene.

Why Miniatures? Part 4 – Marwencol & Toy Place

"This is how I work on patience. This is how I work on dexterity." Why Miniatures parts 1 through 3, can be viewed all together as a website page here. Why are we so fascinated with miniatures? What makes miniatures useful in artistic work? In this 'Why Miniatures' series, we explore these ideas through quotes from various... Continue Reading →

Why Miniatures? Part 2 – The Poetics of Space

"But the causality of smallness stirs all our senses..." Why Miniatures part 1, can be viewed as an image based blog post here, or a text based website page here. Why are we so fascinated with miniatures? What makes miniatures useful in artistic work? In this 'Why Miniatures' series, we explore these ideas through quotes from... Continue Reading →

Last Chance – Kindle Fire HD Giveaway

I try to promote the authors I work with in any way possible. In this case, that means sharing a giveaway Lew has going on. Lew Sauder, the author, most recently, of 'Project Management 101.' Is giving away a Kindle Fire HD! All you have to do, is buy 'Project Management 101' for 99 cents and... Continue Reading →

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