Category Archives: Toys

A vintage mechanical tin toy on its tricycle

antique vintage mechanical tin toy riding TricycleThe first time I was looking at this vintage mechanical tin toy, made me think of spring. This toy still have bright, very appealing colors, I think the smile is great too.
I made the image bright, to resemble a spring day.
The natural triangular silhouette makes for a stable, calm composition.

I don’t really know if it’s representing a girl or a boy, but The kid looks happy.
While shooting this toy, I was looking for a way to capture eye contact and create an appealing pose.
I’m always looking for a way to create communication between the subject and the observer, and the eyes can make it, or break it.
Mechanical toys and other contraptions always fascinated me. As a little kid I loved mechanical things and was always trying to understand how they work, by disassembling and putting them back together (to be honest, I could only put only some of them back together).

Get your own print of this vintage mechanical tin toy

You can find more versions of this vintage mechanical tin toy riding his tricycle in the “Vintage Toys” section of my Blog’s store and on my dedicated fine art prints store

A Vintage boy-scout doll

Vintage boy scout doll toys fine art photography

This Vintage boy scout doll is from the early 1900’s. this toy was made of wood and then hand painted.

Taking a portrait of toys and people, have many things in common. I keep in mind many of the things I do when taking portraits of people when I’m shooting toys, having a good eye contact is one of them.
A good eye contact makes an effective image, because it helps the viewer and subject connect.

As in many of my images, I have an idea when I’m creating the image. But rather than revealing my ideas, I prefer to hear what the viewers have in mind; for me, any interpretation is correct.

Handling these little old toys, while setting up a shot, make me think about the child who first received them as a present.
Was it a Christmas, or a birthday present, or an unexpected surprise because she/he was the apple of their parents eyes. It makes me think about the happiness it brought these kids, little sparkles of joy on their life’s timeline, and how they are probably no more… and how a box or a drawer became home for these toys.

I’m happy I can put this Vintage boy scout doll and his little friends in the spotlight again.

Own a Vintage boy scout doll customized print

You can get a closer look and own a print of this Vintage boy scout doll by clicking this link You can easily select frame options and printing materials, and customize the print to your liking.

Online fine art prints store

*Update*- I no longer offer prints through “Fine art America” please use the Contact page ti inquire about prints.

“I’m offering fine art prints of my work. You can find beautiful prints to decorate your home and business, in many sizes, finishes and frames You can even get greeting cards you can customize with my photography.

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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.

Minerva

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.

This event has ended If you’d like to see some of the other images from this show, click here

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

Fella

This event has ended If you’d like to see some of the other images from this show, click here

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.

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

Boxed Baby

Boxed 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.