#Good Challenge: Photographing Toys

This week we are having fun! We’ve done a lot of work on understanding how different aspects of photography affect the viewer (and will continue to explore that) but in this #GoodChallenge we will actually switch the focus on how what we photograph makes us feel.

Wall-E by Richard Brooker

On any platform you will most likely find serious photographers trying out landscape, wildlife, and portrait genres, sometimes adding drama or turning their shots into fine art masterpieces. While this is truly inspirational and great, what if we added some fun?

When was the last time you photographed a toy? You don’t need to have a kid (or be one) to love toys. If you have some stuffed toys at home this is a great start as they are usually animal-like so can easily cause emotions.

Reflections of the way life used to be by DaMoJo

Unlike other objects, toys cause feelings in us – they represent our imagination, our aspirations, and our innocent, childhood fantasies. Everyone is still a child at heart. The challenge of toy photography is to make the toy “lifelike”, to make it more ‘human’.

You can create a whole story with a toy (see an example here from Richard Brooker) and even forgotten toys, whether they’re dusty dolls or stitched teddy bear, makes the viewer wonder what happened. An abandoned toy doesn’t need any other story but the one it’s already telling.

This challenge is great for all seasons, all types of weather, and all kinds of photography, so you really have no excuse not to give it a go! Show us the photographs of your favourite toys in our Community Chat and as always, we will select the most interesting photos next week and show them through our social media channels.

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