Looking for Uncle Scrooge

For the Disney II minifigs review, I chose Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck and Uncle Scrooge as they have so much potential to tell stories. Also, they were my favorite characters from Donald books when I was a kid.

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Week 12 – Hedy Lamarr

Born in 1914 in Austria, Hedy Lamarr (her real name is Hedwig Kiesler) is a famous Hollywood actress. But Hey is more. She is also an inventor, a fact that is not so well known compared to her beauty.

The beautiful actress

She started to act in theater plays and movies in Austria, when she was young. Her first movie, Ecstasy, released in 1933 caused a scandal as she appeared naked. If you are interested, you can see the full movie on YouTube here

After a wedding with a far to controlling but rich man, she ran away from him and went to London.

She met there Louis Mayer, the head of MGM, the biggest Hollywood studio at this time. With her persistence and her beauty, she managed to sign a good contract and started her career in Hollywood.

She was promoted as the “most beautiful woman of the world” and played almost every time the archetypal glamorous seductress woman. Two of her famous movies are Samson and Delilah and Ziegfeld Girl.

If you go on the Hollywood Walk of Fame you will see a star with her name.

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Meet Hanna

It’s friday, it’s time for a new #FeatureFriday interview. Following my interview of two great Toy Photographers women for HispaBrick Magazine 032, let’s meet Hanna (@hannakuvaa on Instagram).

Can you present yourself shortly?

I’m Hanna, a nature and toy photographer living in Finland, on the northern edge of Europe. By education I am a biologist, working as a biology and geography teacher. I got my first film camera for a birthday present when I turned ten, but I only took real interest on photography when I got my hands on a DSLR camera 15 years later.

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Week 9 – Elon Musk

Who is Elon Musk? I must confess I didn’t know this name until it popped out in the SiPgoes53 list of names. Thanks to the Internet, let’s learn more about him.

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Week 7 – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a well-known American filmmaker and I’m really excited we have his name on the list of SiPgoes53. For me, he is one of the greatest directors of the beginning of this century.

He’s the director (and the writer) of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. A lot of actors are coming back in a lot of his movies: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Andrien Brody and Rob Balaban. Watching a new movie of Wes Anderson is like going on a joyful family meeting once a year!

Isle of Dogs

He makes movies with real actors but also stop-motion movies, that is close to the toy universe (from my point of view at least): Fantastic Mister Fox and Isle of Dogs, released last year. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend you watch them, no matter your age, you will probably love both movies.

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The postcard exchange – my experience

OK, you may not know, but I’m ALWAYS late on my personal projects. Always. And I’m working as a project manager… That’s bad, really bad! So, you may read a lot of after-everybody-article from me.

Today, one month after the exchange, one month after everybody, here is my turn to say thank you to everyone who sent me a postcard and look back at the postcard exchange.

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My first exhibition – Preparations

At the end of June, I applied for an exhibition in a little boardgames festival in the south of France, with a friend (who called me two days before the deadline- I wouldn’t have applied if it wasn’t for her).
I had never done an exhibition before.
And I was kind of filled with fear (this week’s SiPgoes52 word).

In July, I had a phone call from one of the organizers telling me I had been chosen.
What a big piece of news!
Four of my pictures would be displayed AND I’d be able to sell whatever I wanted at my own booth.

This time, I had only “business cards”
And then there was timing … read on …

Looking back in the past

Today I was looking at my pictures from our latest toy safari in Paris wondering: “What can I write on the blog? Do I already have the white page syndrome?!”.

And I came across this picture, taken near the Louvre, on the « Colonnes de Buren », from the famous French artist Daniel Buren. Continue reading “Looking back in the past”

Toy photography, traveling and vacations

Summer is slowly coming to an end. The nature slows down little by little. I’m getting closer and closer to a depression with longer nights and a hard time at work with everybody returning from vacation.
So let’s talk about vacation and traveling!

And about toys, of course.

Traveling is cool.
Taking pictures of toys is cool.
Taking pictures of toys during vacation is not always cool (at least for me).

Here are three stories of mine, showing how sometimes it’s difficult to combine traveling, vacation and toy photography.

Packing without a checklist

Everything starts before leaving when I pack my bag. I’m always scared I will miss the only accessory I left at home, so I go on vacation with a LOT of stuff. And even if I try to pack in advance, I ALWAYS forget something that I will need at some point.

Today’s joke?
I’m writing this article on the plane, heading for a long weekend in Wien. When I left the house this afternoon, guess what I forgot? My skeletons! Luckily I thought about it in the car before turning the corner of the street, so now my skeletons are safe in my cabin luggage.

Next time?
Do a checklist, Karine, just do it!

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Playing with the big boys

A skeleton on a bench

Okay…where do I start?

Thanking the SiP crew for giving me the big honor to join the team?
Talking about the big pressure I feel now on my shoulder?
Or maybe about me jumping with excitement for what has just happened?

Here I am, playing with the big boys of the toy photography universe and it feels intimidating, I must admit it!

And exciting!
And intimidating!
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