The Deserted Toy Shop

Murder of Crows
Sitting Duck
The Good Life
Romance of Poverty
On Thin Ice
woodpecker_New_flat
Natural Selection
Night Vision
Night Vision
Herd Mentality
Herd Mentality
Loss of Control
Loss of Control
Showtime
Showtime
Lost on the Serengeti, No. 1
Lost on the Serengeti, No. 1 (No Tail)
Aging Maneater
Aging Maneater
Luckiest Rabbit
Luckiest Rabbit
Same Genus, Different Species
Same Genus, Different Species
Cans Over Carrots
Cans Over Carrots
Insufficient Camouflage
Insufficient Camouflage
War Wound
War Wound
The Good Life
The Good Life
Lost on the Serengeti, No. 2
Lost on the Serengeti, No. 2 (No teeth)
Bottom of the Pool
Bottom of the Pool
Once White Rabbit
Once White Rabbit

The Deserted Toyshop consists of twenty-two still life photographs, with each work a miniature staged image of different toys from my own collection (some owned since childhood).  Each featured toy occupies its own specially designed tableau, in the tradition of the Victorian-era diorama.  The photos are presented in a variety of ornate frames, adding to the theatrical nature of the work.

Toys have served as anthropomorphized symbols and stand-ins for childhood, growth, and memory throughout the spectrum of Western contemporary culture—from the threatening swan puppet of Angela Carter’s novel, The Magic Toyshop—to “Rosebud,” the sled symbolizing Charles Foster Kane’s lost happiness in the film Citizen Kane. The tiny denizens occupying these images strive to bring their own personalities to life within the context of their magic realist surroundings.

Photographic Art / Digital Imagery