The Standout Dollhouses of 2020 – so far

Click the names to find out more and comment below what you think should be on this list!

I’ll reblog with more tiny standouts as the year progresses.

Dior Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Haute Couture Collection

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My Toy Photos that Didn’t Fool the World

“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.”

-W. Eugene Smith

So I’ve been writing all these post about toy photos that fooled the world and I had a thought, what if I made some of my own.

I highly doubted that in today’s technological world my photos would fool the world in the way that these historical photos have. It’s easier to fool the world when the only access to photos is grainy, black and white images in newspapers and magazines. I thought I’d try anyway because I simply wanted to see what came of it.

I’ve made some creature photos in the past, and seeing that fairies and the Loch Ness monster did so well in history, cryptoids seemed like the way to go. I’d already pegged Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster as photo possibilities, and had an ho scale (2cm tall) Bigfoot, and a plastic Brontosaurus (Loch Ness Monster) at the ready. So now just to decided how to photograph and share the images.

Why wouldn’t there be more creature sightings in a world where animals are out and about more than ever with humans away?Continue reading “My Toy Photos that Didn’t Fool the World”

Small Scale Documentaries & Reality Shows You Should Watch

Miniature and toy documentaries and reality shows you should definitely check out, listed by streaming service.

Vimeo

1. A Pathway of Crumbs

“the life and work of Kristin Baybars, a central figure within the toy-making community since the 1960s.”

2. Dollhouse

A house of dolls and their dollmaker.

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The Staged Photos that Fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the World, for Nearly 70 years

“The series of incidents set forth in this little volume represent either the most elaborate and ingenious hoax ever played upon the public, or else they constitute an event in human history which may in the future appear to have been epoch-making in its character.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Coming of the Fairies

Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths, Cottingly Fairies, 1917
Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths, Cottingly Fairies, 1917

In 1917, Elsie Wright (16) and Francis Griffiths (9) would often play in the woods by their home. They told everyone they played with fairies there, but no one believed them. After Elsie begged her father for use of his camera, she was finally granted permission, and her and Francis finally captured proof of their fairy friends. Continue reading “The Staged Photos that Fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the World, for Nearly 70 years”

Photographing Miniature Worlds: The Art of Jennifer Nichole Wells

Still reveling in the fact that I was on WordPress discover back in 2016.

“Viewing the fine art photography of Jennifer Nichole Wells is like falling down a rabbit hole into another dimension. The Jacksonville, Florida-based photographer constructs and photographs miniature dioramas of mysterious and whimsical worlds. Here, she discusses her creative process behind these small-scale scenes.”


Why do you create tiny worlds?

There are many things I want to create, ideas I want to get across, emotions I want to express. I don’t fully accomplish this when I go out and shoot photographs — I need to put more of myself into each image.

Continue reading here – Photographing Miniature Worlds: The Art of Jennifer Nichole Wells

Mini Noir Aficianado, Tobias M. Schiel // Empire of Lights

I breifly discussed one of Tobias’ images in my Toy Photography as Art post, but I’ve know of his work for at least a few years now and I truly admire the images he makes with miniatures. I knew I wanted to use his work as representation of modern toy photographers making artistic pieces, and in discussing that with him I felt like he needed a seperate post here for his words and pieces to truly shine.

Here’s what he had to say – Continue reading “Mini Noir Aficianado, Tobias M. Schiel // Empire of Lights”

An Unexpected Christmas Display

We moved into a new apartment about a month ago now. I love it so much more than our last place but won’t get into it. When driving out the other night we came across a neighbor in his garage with a Christmas train set and had to get out to see.

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