In Defense of the Different

MouseAndKeyboard, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

I tried to warn you, the doll heads are back.

An interesting thing about the doll heads, some people really hate them. They don’t “get them,” they think they aren’t “pretty” and that I would better spend my time off shooting flowers or some such thing.

Here’s the rub. I’ve shot flowers before, and, yes, I’ll probably shoot them again. But, for the most part, I find flowers “boring.” Anybody can shoot flowers. Let’s see you try to do solarized psycho doll heads in a glass chamber-I can almost guarantee you won’t. Sure, you might be able to, but you just wouldn’t. That’s what I like so much about the doll heads-they’re unique. They’re me. They are mine. Yes, maybe a bit spooky, maybe a bit “off” maybe not everybody “gets them” but, where does it say I have to be so “safe” all of the time?

I don’t actually like “safe” art. Scenic pictures bore me a bit. I look at those and think, “well, that’s a very pretty shot, and you’ve demonstrated you know how to work a camera. That’s good, but why don’t you take some risks?”

Sometimes, art is as much about taking risks as it is about doing something “pretty” (maybe even more so) and that, in a nutshell, that is why I love my doll heads. I would not change them for the world.

Well, maybe a little bit. I’d make a slightly larger “chamber of glass” if I could. (But, you know, just a little bit larger.) But, that’s just a little bit and it’s not really changing them all that much. I’d make them look the same, just make them a bit easier to make (if that makes sense.)

I’ll shut up and show you a doll head now. Creeped out? Good, Now go make some “unsafe art” all your own.

Until next time…



  1. mythopolis
    February 23, 2009 / 5:02 pm

    I like the doll heads….but, I was just wondering, do you talk to them? Do they talk to you? : )

  2. Carol
    February 23, 2009 / 8:07 pm

    @Mythos, thanks!

    I don’t talk to them, no, but they do sort of “talk” to me. They talk to my camera and let me know what sort of mood they are in. I get to see that when I look at the pictures. But, they don’t actually speak, no. They just sort of make faces and give me different expressions to let me know when they are happy, sad, etc.

    Makes for strange shots, I know, but there you have it.

  3. Where is Darran?
    February 23, 2009 / 10:44 pm

    this is scary

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