Thursday, April 12, 2007

Photographing Voodoo Art Dolls

Aside from the issue of making quality art dolls, and in particlaur to this blog, quality Voodoo art dolls, there is the issue of presentation. Going into this art form already has its hurdles; yet to overcome these hurdles, one must attempt to capture the beauty and essence of these dolls as they appear in real life. They say a picture is worth a thousand words...well, not if you don't know how to take one!

One of the the things I consider when taking pictures of my Voodoo dolls is their presentation. Sometimes I will photograph them in a setting that is unique to their story or mythology, for lack of a better term. For example, in this picture is Orunla, the Voodoo God of Wisdom. He happens to like alligators so I photographed him with one to set the context and to provide interest. Other times, I will photograph them alone, as if it were a portait (see Ochosi on the right). Sometimes they look better with a print background, and other times, a solid one. There are numerous opinions about how to take the best picture, but I just go with what looks the best in the end. One thing, however, is the fact that it often takes numerous pictures just to get one or two that look as striking as is necessary to represent and sell the doll.

Check this resouce out for more information: Doll Photography Made Easy! A Comprehensive Guide To Photographing Dolls (or Anything Else) For EBay(R)!

Here is another resource for lovers of arts and crafts:
Arts and Crafts Mega-Zine Use Mixed Media, Papercrafts, Textiles, Polymer Clay, Jewelry Making And More As A Transformative Tool For Self-development And Creative Expression. Written By Arts Industry Experts.

That's all for now.


Voodoo Mama

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