Day four has come and gone, and so the shoot has concluded. It was a very fun and challenging four days, as well as very inspirational as I learned a lot about what goes into a professional photoshoot. I had a great time working with the photographer Lacey.
The talented film-maker Benjamin Taft is in NYC with us, as he is working on a longterm project of filming a documentary about Enchanted Dolls (!!!!!). The NYC photoshoot will be a part of the film, and as a special treat he has already put together a short teaser video showing a bit of what went down in the studio. Click here to view it on Vimeo.
This is how our week has gone, spend the day in the studio, spend the night sightseeing in New York City. It has been such a blur at times, the overwhelming photography sessions followed by wandering around the overwhelming cityscape of NY. Both aspects have been so exciting and inspiring.
Day two of the photoshoot featured The Weight of Light. It’s so refreshing to work with a team on a photoshoot, I’m learning so much. Sorry for the low quality iphone shot, but I’ll have some awesome things to share soon.
Also, a reminder that the eBay auction for the Rubenesque Enchanted Doll, Salome, ends tomorrow!
Day one of the photoshoot in New York for Vogue. I’m so jealous of all the studio photography equipment, so many different lights and stands and backdrops and the space, oh so much space. This is going to be so much fun!
I’ll try to post more behind the scenes photos as we go.
Salome is up for sale on eBay starting RIGHT NOW! The auction will last for 7 days. Click here for the auction page.
Here’s the description from the listing:
Salome is a doll â„–2 in my Rubenesque body type series. I, Marina Bychkova, am the creator of this doll.
1. Sculpted with 18 points of articulation
2. Cast in fine porcelain
3. Painted and blushed with permanent, ceramic china paint
4. Strung up with 11 steel springs
5. Stands 14.5â€ (37.5cm) tall
6. Enchanted Dollâ„¢ Salome is sold with a floral tiara of sterling silver and mother of pearls, 2 magnetic mohair wigs (red and blonde) and a flexible custom stand.Â Any other accessories seen in the pictures are for composition only and are not included in the auction.
Like all Enchanted Dollsâ„¢, Salome is built for playing. Leather lines her joints for smooth and even rotation while the unique jointing mechanism allows for a wide range of natural and sensual movements and poses. Her silky porcelain complexion and intricate china-painted features are completely resistant to UV radiation, scratches, cleaning chemicals, moisture, or dirt from extensive handling.
About your Enchanted Dollâ„¢
Due to the remarkable nature of fine porcelain, all Enchanted Dolls share strength and resiliency and require very little maintenance.Â However, a reasonable degree of care must be taken in handling any and all porcelain objects gently to prevent impact with hard surfaces, which may result in a fracture. Always use the doll stand for safety and support when standing this doll. Due to the aesthetically small feet in relation to the rest of the body, Enchanted Dolls donâ€™t balance well.
The surface of the doll can be safely washed repeatedly, but it should never be submerged in water so that the spring mechanism stays dry. If the water does get inside the doll â€“ donâ€™t let it sit, blow-dry its joints as soon as possible.
Should the doll suffer a fracture in the fingers or extremities through an unfortunate accident, I offer a free repair policy for up to five separate parts (head not included), where the owner is only responsible for the shipping charges. As long as you handle your doll with reasonable gentleness, you are likely to never need my repair services. This doll will be your companion for many years to come.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about this doll or this auction. Thanks for looking and Happy Bidding!
This composition was put together exclusively for a photograph. These accessories belong to me and will not be included in the auction. The idea came to me spontaneously while shooting the lovely nude Salome. When I momentarily looked away from the camera to stretch my back, my eyesight slid distractedly across some loose doll heads on my desk and then instantly shot back to them, this time focused and alert, as a light bulb went off in my head. I thought: “Ah, but of course. So obvious!”
The lantern crown is the third installment in my ongoing Light Series. I made it as an experiment 2 months ago but didn’t have time to make a doll to wear it, so it sat in the drawer as if it was waiting for Salome. I think it works really well aesthetically and contextually, because for all we know, real Salome could have actually performed the traditional Middle Eastern Candelabra dance for King Herod.
It is a very heavy piece, borderline hazardous to the doll unless its center of gravity is perfectly balanced and that’s why it’s staying in my collection. Having said this, if somebody were just dying to have this piece for their doll to wear on display, I might be able to replicate it again.
Salome’s tears were made for the photograph with quick drying jewelery glue. I dripped it on her face and then flaked it off after the shoot. It doesn’t bond permanently to porcelain. I’m not sure why I made her cry. Felt right. So did putting electrical wires into the severed (originally John the Baptist’s ) head. Make of it whatever you will.
Perhaps my Salome is a specter of the past and the future both, as the history always repeats itself.
Well, there you go folks. The auction starts tomorrow afternoon. See ya there.
I initially designed this pair of shoes for my Little Red riding hood doll. They are cast in sterling silver and plated with 14k gold. It’s a combination of my favorite two styles of shoes: Kitten heels and Mary Janes, and so far, is the simplest, least ornate pair of shoes I’ve made. I was struggling with a very strong urge to decorate the heck out of them. Minimalism doesn’t come naturally to me.
The light, shallow design was inspired by a drawing of my favorite artist Sulamith Wulfing. Here is a crop.
This pair fits both, the original foot and the slightly more elongated, Rubenesque foot. Which reminds me to remind you about the upcoming (Aug 23rd) ebay auction of Rubenesque doll â„–2-Salome, who is seen here strutting in a pair of Extravagance stilettos. They also fit a Rubenesque foot.
So, do you like the new simple shoes, or are they a bit too plain?
Sorry about the delay, but the auction is going ahead later this week, on Thursday, Aug 23rd. In the meantime, check out more pictures. Blond wig will also be included in the auction, along with the floral tiara. Stay tuned for more pictures tomorrow!
Whoever guessed it would be the luscious redhead was right. Allow me to introduce Salome. She is my 2nd Rubenesque doll and she will be available on ebay later today.
Salome is a biblical figure and an icon of tragically dangerous beauty.
For two thousand years, Salomeâ€™s legendary sensuality has been inspiring generations of artists to depict her likeness on canvas, in sculpture and through poetry, as if guessing it would decipher her true motives. Some believe she was a murderess with an agenda, while others think her nothing but a teenage pawn in somebody elseâ€™s game. Her conflicting image is poignant and deeply compelling to our collective imagination.
I believe that our lasting infatuation with the mythical Salome is an expression of an inherent psychological and societal need to combine the beautiful with the grotesque.
More pictures and information about this sale are coming shortly.
Get ready! One of these Enchanted Dolls will go up for sale next week.
Which one is your favorite?
More pictures coming soon.