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Toys

Minerva

Here’s another image from my current exhibition, she’s called Minerva, She’s named after the German factory that made her, around 1910.

It looks like someone tried to restore her paint job many years ago, pretty badly I must say, I find that it’s adding character to her, well that and her teeth.

Minerva
Minerva

I’m currently showing Minerva and other images from the “Dannah’s Toys” series at:

Sabor 2 Café 708 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31. The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

If you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.


“Dannah’s Toys” exhibition

I’ll be showing my latest toy series at:

Sabor 2 Café
708 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena. 91101

from November 16 to December 31.
The place is open every day from 7AM to 9PM.

Since there’s not going to be an official opening, if you’d like to meet me there please drop me a line and we can hang out.

Fella

Fella


Harvey revisited

I guess Harvey was a baby too. This rubber rabbit is shown here with two celluloid children dolls from the 1920’s. Well, it’s not really Harvey but these two children celluloid dolls are real and are estimated to be from the 1920’s. I love these free hand, painted facial features, since it’s hand applied and had to be drawn fast, it may express anything from sweetness to shear horror.

Harvey revisited

Harvey revisited

 


Box Baby

Handling this little old celluloid baby, while setting up the shot, made me think about the child who first received it as a present.

Was it for Christmas, or a birthday, or just because she/he was the apple of their parents eyes. It made me think about the happiness it brought them, little sparkles of joy on their life’s timeline, and how they are probably no more… and the home of this and other toys I shoot, is a box or a drawer.

I’m happy I can put it in the spotlight again.

Box Baby

Box Baby


The Horror

This is the horrifying story of little miss Muffet, brought to you in the shape of a little night lamp from the 50’s.

Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


lil’ hoedown

A cheerfully colored silly little band, this lil’ Abner windup toy from 1945 was assembled from a few sources since there are not many complete sets available. I didn’t want to neglect the back side of the piano because it’s pretty sweet and has Oleman Mose drawn on it (quite pleaz!), so I decided to compose it in the background, toning it down so it will not overwhelm the main subject.

lil' hoedown

lil' hoedown


The allusive porcelain hare

Here’s a porcelain hare shot in its natural environment, porcelain hares are a very timid animal. scared especially of curious little children with slippery fingers.

Shooting shiny objects is always a challenge and that’s one of the reasons I like doing it.

Porcelain Hare

The allusive porcelain Hare

And here’s a detail:

Porcelan Hare detail

porcelain Hare - detail


Mechanical boy to the rescue

Here’s a little mechanical celluloid toy. It’s pose made it a natural candidate to replace Superman.

To the rescue

To the rescue


Put on a happy face

As a little boy, there were many things I thought I wanted to be, at least for a while. One thing I was playing with was ventriloquism, people who “throw their voice”, the concept intrigued me, I wanted to be able to do that too. I wanted a dummy too, I didn’t get one, and that’s a good thing. This type of doll is a subject I always wanted to shoot and I’m happy for the opportunity.

Dummy


Abandoned

This mechanical toy was originally dressed and could crawl, not anymore. It looks to me as if  it’s trying to reach out, sadly enough it doesn’t look like something you’d want to hold, that sense is what I went after.

Machanic Al