Daily Archives: September 16, 2009

11 years, 1 month ago 13
Posted in: New Doll

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Click the image for a larger view (the auto-resize is distorting it) More coming soon.

To answer Noxy’s question:

Chad doesn’t seem particularly concerned about his slightly disfigured right thumb, so much so that I’m beginning to think he likes it this way. I don’t really mind it either. It’s quite beautiful in a way.
I don’t mind it if it shows up in photographs with dolls either-it adds character and highlights contrast between eternally perfect porcelain and the vulnerable imperfection of human skin. Although we spent almost an hour setting up and shooting the hand pose, we settled on this particular composition not because of the thumb, but because this angle looked best.

I love photographing dolls in Chad’s hands, but to be quite honest he is not the most co-operative model at times. Because I’m so meticulous at arranging the shot to perfection, changing angles, adjusting light and taking a million test exposures, it usually takes a while and he starts complaining within 20 minutes about cramping up and discomfort from being unable to move a muscle. (Sorry honey, it’s true)

We also start fighting and arguing over creative differences during the shoot. Things can get intense. So, some of the best photographs of my dolls were actually taken under duress. I still enjoy working with Chadasaurus. ( my nickname for him, I call him that almost exclusively. He calls me Marinamal. Chadasaurus and Marinamal. I love it.) I enjoy working with him because despite the character differences and occasional work-related tension, most of the time when we work together we create something beautiful.

11 years, 1 month ago 48
Posted in: New Doll

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Well, today i did something I swore I would never ever do-I photographed one of my dolls holding another doll……and liked the result. And that, ladies and gentlemen, makes me a big, fat hypocrite. But in my defense- it was very fitting in this context because you know, she is Lolita. She is my take on Nabokov’s Lolita. She is the one to be auctioned off on ebay.

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I know I’ve sort of gone missing since I announced that a doll will be auctioned off on ebay; sorry about that-i had some urgent matters to attend to. I’m wrapping up Lolita’s shoot tomorrow and will post some more pictures of her. I’m really tired right now, so l’ll be brief: she will be sold as a nude with two removable , un-accessorized wigs and a stand. She has bit of a costume, which I will photograph tomorrow, but i don’t know if I will include it in the auction yet. Perhaps a separate one.

The two wigs are the ones shown in these pictures: long ringlets (without bows) and a short crop. The two drastically different wigs are meant to give her very different expressions and foreshadow the fact that this innocent-looking child is not what she seems.

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Well, that’s all for today. It’s four in the morning and I desperately need to crash. More info about the auction and more pictures coming tomorrow. Enjoy.