SiP card exchange 2021

Summer is just about to end in the northern hemisphere and we are waiting for our Autumn workshop next month. Yet at the same time, we are already looking towards winter, Christmas … and our annual card exchange.

Even though Christmas is more than three months away, we have already started preparing this year’s card exchange. We have opened our registrations through our Discord forum and as of now, we already have more than 20 people signed up.
We are now opening the registration to all toy photographers and are expecting even more people to sign up.
Yep. You. We know you always wanted to join.

We are super excited about this.

So excited we are just stealing Karin‘s images from last year’s post and really hope she will join as well. Steal like an artist, they say.

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The Rabbit Season

It’s that time of year when rabbit-hunting is permitted! As the the season workshop comes to an end again. Or is it Duck season? Rabbit-season typically runs from early November to late February, however some hunters wait and on this occasion, after Daffy has convinced Elmer that it is in fact rabbit season, he sets out to prove his argument.

In the Beginning

Julien

It all started with that looney crazy Tasmanian devil commonly known as Taz. Best known mostly for his grunts and growls, he had chosen to spin and bite back to the beginning of cartoon history.

That single line drawing depicting a desert oasis to try to convince you that this was going to be an easy task. However, he was beaten to the start by Speedy Gonzales, tempted by the smell of delicious wedges of cheese.

Chris

Speedy Gonzales was no ordinary mouse, he was the fastest mouse in all Mexico. No cheese was safe with him around as he would always get to it first.

Saying this, he was prepared to share his treasure with his dear friend Tweety-Pie. They had something in common, that pesky cat. Speedy would share the cheese as long as Tweety let him know when Sylvester was around. Often you would hear Tweety saying “I taut I taw a puddy cat!” this sometimes confused Speedy because it was usually a false alarm, that was until offered cheese.

James

Cheese was precious and the sustainable food for all mice. Yet, Daffy in his wisdom thought he was missing out. Although he was deflecting duck-season away from himself. He just couldn’t help want a piece of that delicious cheese. He chose his moment after hiding in a barrel that had previously been full of carrots.

The Hunt for Wabbits

Reisha

The hunting for rabbits caught the attention of Petunia Pig. The significant other to Porky Pig. She thought it would be a good idea to serve Rabbit up for Porky’s dinner, so she grabbed her blasters and went on her mission. Little did she know was that Bugs would be nowhere to be seen.

Jennifer

After a brief encounter with Marvin the Martian, they decided because Bugs Bunny was one of his long term enemies, they would both join in the search for the rabbit. Marvin had alternative ideas. He was bent on destroying Planet Earth, just because it blocked his view of the planet Venus.

Natasja

Marvin was certainly on another mission but he was pretending to search for rabbits. He came across Tweety-Pie. Tweety was concerned with his motives, she always thought him to be something of an earth enemy and wondered what his intentions really were.

Phil

Meanwhile, Lola Bunny was attending the local Space Jam games and about to score the winning shot, then from nowhere appeared Daffy. Was he trying to throw the game? Lola was Bugs Bunny’s girl and Daffy wanted her to tell him exactly where he was. No way was she going to spill his whereabouts and certainly not to the Duck.

A Desert Oasis

Jana

The hunt for the rabbit took Daffy to the most unusual places. The desert is a hot and humid place. Home too many Looney Tunes, and the desert can really play on your mind. It can make you see things that really aren’t there. This illusion makes Daffy see Petunia pig looking out of her window. If she couldn’t get the rabbit was she going for the duck?

Bev

After Daffy realises the heat has got to him, he stands still, realising he is lost and now he thinks he is going Looney. As the haze disappears, Daffy sees the martian. He has met him before and knows that this martian is hostile.

Having landed on Earth, Marvin is aware of all the signs revealing its Rabbit Season, but he remembers the trick Daffy played on him and he has not forgotten. he also knows it’s really duck season. Put into a difficult situation, Daffy tells him he knows where Bugs is, mumbling “Youuu’re deththpicable!” as they go off hunting.

Sacha

Tweety overhears the conversation that Daffy is having with Marvin. ” In order to hide Bugs Bunny from Marvin the martian and keep him safe. Tweety decides to use her hammer to help knock him under the sand. As Bugs disappears, he emerges into a dream or even a nightmare.

Is it a Dream or Nightmare

Boris

Carrots loads of carrots, more carrots than any cartoon could ever bestow. However, when Bugs found them, they had been eaten and just the stalks left behind, “Eh, What’s up Doc?” Standing there was Daffy holding a sign suggesting to Bugs that it was indeed Rabbit season. Bugs knew it really wasn’t that time of year as he had already dealt with the farmer and managed to escape.

This really was a nightmare, he never would have believed Daffy would do this to him. He was his best friend but then again, he could be his worst enemy. Only one who could sort this out was Road Runner. Road runner could always escape the clutches of the continuous efforts of a coyote and this help could really get Bugs out of the situation about to unfold.

Karine

And yet the show must go on. Taz thinks he can catch the rabbit by throwing carrots in all directions. What Taz doesn’t realise, is when he stops spinning, he is actually spotted and Tweety could see what he is up to.

David

In order to distract Taz, and to be honest not be eaten. Tweety crushes the carrots and tells Taz this is the way to catch the rabbit. She had an alternative motive thou, she knew Sylvester would never go near her if Taz was around. She found safety in his company even though he was the most unpredictable character she could befriend.

Maelick

Daffy was having none of it. He was adamant it was rabbit season and not duck season. Then in all the commotion, a volcanic eruption exploded (meep, meep) Road Runner ran after daffy to get to a safe place. Even though they were facing danger, Daffy wasn’t letting his argument go. And to this day, do you think Bugs Bunny was found during the rabbit season?

That’s all Folks!

Boris

For now stay Looney stay Toony and That’s All Folks! or is it all?

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Misadventures on a photo assigment

I’m not into cars.
For me, a car is mainly a utility object and not something I find particularly interesting to look at. If there’s one type of car I still find remotely beautiful, it’s the old and classic ones though.

So, when we got the assignment from LEGO to photograph the Creator Expert cars, I wasn’t too thrilled. The only Creator cars I didn’t own were the ones I found the least interesting. And those that fit the least in the Finnish Wilderness. Like the Aston Martin.
Nevertheless, I decided to finally build my VW Camper Van (which I bought more than 2 years ago…) and join the project.

Photographing it was one of the most difficult photographic exercises I’ve ever done. Not only for me but for my subject too.

Here are the (mis)adventures of my camper van…

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SiPgoes52 is complete!

I did it! I completed my SiPgoes52 project.

There are still some upcoming photos to clean up in Photoshop. Choices between alternate photos I need to make. Some upcoming words for which I want to take more photos, hoping a better one will come up. Some older words I want to revisit.

But I’m now sure that I’ve got at least one photo to post for each of the remaining words.

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Voltron

A mysterious telephone call

During the summer we got a mysterious call from an undisclosed number on a faraway island, asking us if we would be interested in collaborating on a top secret project. We had to keep it a secret, but we said yes. Of course! We love top secret projects, especially when they involve our favorite kind of plastic, some serious creative challenge and a good portion of photographic fun.

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Cards

No. Cards is not the new word of the month.
The new word is coming later this month.
Cards is a project. A year-end project in the good old SiP tradition you can join in. Cards are the new book exchange.
Easier, simpler and back to the roots.
Acoustic.

What is it all about?

We started a few years back here with a little book exchange. Looking back at your own work, select and curate the best of twelve. Print and then engage. Share with friends and strangers alike. The gift of giving.

A project that was successful and became a tradition. A tradition that became hard to manage. The cost of printing a little booklet, the administrative burden of getting the books ready long for Xmas and then the reshipping.
An awesome idea, yet it drifted away from the original intent.

And this year we go back to basics.
High creative value, low cost and (hopefully) deeper human interaction.
A handwritten card exchange between old and new friends alike. Continue reading “Cards”

Remember

Remember our word of March?
Don’t worry if you forgot.
It was Projects.
Projects tend to have a deadline, and I talked about that one as well, especially since I missed that deadline. Now deadlines are nothing more as a line in the sand, a date to work to. Critical. But not the most important. What is even more important for a project is the actual deliverable.
The finished product.
The creative outcome.
The final image. Continue reading “Remember”

PS. Deadline

When we set the timeline for the project due date at the 31st March, we implicitly introduced the deadline. The deadline finds it origin (*) in the early days of journalism and the printing press, with the guideline marked on the press plate that set the boundaries. The deadline in which everything needed to fit and has further evolved into the daily deadline of the printing press (I feel old, I can’t remember when the last time was I read a real newspaper on this fish and chips packing paper). Deadlines evolved in drop dead dates we all recognize from school or project work.

Working towards a deadline gives a special rush, a kick, simular like a live performance on stage. There is that pressure to deliver. Live TV. On Air. No endless turning around of ideas, finding a better angle or a slightly more interesting storyline. The deadline is … the deadline. Continue reading “PS. Deadline”

Process and Story

The Process

When I read about this month’s Project, I was first excited and ideas started to pop into my head as I was reading Boris’ blog post. Then as I was going through the list of constraints I started to get afraid I couldn’t make it. There were two major obstacles for this project to be a success: a limited number of pictures and an end.

Most of my projects, which I usually simply call challenges or photo series,  have rarely an end. They are ongoing series that I put on hold when I lack ideas until I find some inspiration again. After all, the goal of wandering is not to get to a final destination. Continue reading “Process and Story”