Week 4 – Marilyn Monroe

From last week´s natural scientist and great observer Charles Darwin to this week´s person for our challenge, it may seem a long way- yet it´s just a week. Let´s put our hands together for an actress, a singer, a model and a film producer.

Welcome Norma Jeane

Human being of the week for #SiPgoes53 was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1962. Many will know her baptismal name, Baker, better. And probably everyone will know her as Marilyn Monroe.

Just a naive blonde?

In a lifetime of “only” 36 years Marilyn Monroe managed to become an icon. She started her career as a model. Having been a very ambitious woman she moved on to become an actress. Dying her brunette hair to blonde and straightening the curls may have added to her appeal, but the roles she was offered led to the image of a “naive blonde”. In a man-dominated business MM still managed to convince her critics and the audience with her talent and her repartee.

Her eventful life had it´s ups and downs. A difficult childhood, stays in many foster homes and an orphanage may not have appeared to have been the best basis for a career that was to follow. Yet she managed to become the most photographed woman of her time. MM was married three times, won a Grammy and was immortalized by artist Andy Warhol. Her early death in 1962 still remains mysterious.

Iconic screen prints Marilyn from 1962 by Andy Warhol in ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. Yes, Aarhus, the city of this year´s toyphotosafari. A coincidence?

A Penny For Your Thoughts

What pops up before your inner eye when you think of Marylin Monroe? Is it the woman in a white dress standing on a subway grate? Or do you think of the famous Warhol paintings? Maybe there´s a song that comes to your mind? Her seductive “Happy Birthday, Mr.President”, her happy “Diamonds Are A Girl´s Best Friend” or rather Elton John´s “Candle In The Wind”?

We are definitely looking forward to seeing your ideas.

When posting your images on social media please do not forget to add the hashtags #SiPgoes53 and  #SiP_Marilyn_Monroe so it´ll be easier for us and everyone else interested to find your contributions.

Happy thinking and snapping!

A Tour of Ninjago City

Disclaimer

According to Admiral Ackbar, the new Ninjago City set is a trap for AFOL. I’ve personally been hooked with Ninjago two years ago when LEGO released the Temple of Airjitzu as part of its big scheme to conquer the world make Ninjago appealing to adults. As soon as I saw the first official pictures of the Ninjago city, I knew I wouldn’t wait long before buying it. So do not expect this photographic review to be objective. Continue reading “A Tour of Ninjago City”

the anxiety

tiesoverthebay HAVE YOU FELT IT ?

or …have you seen the trailers, the commercials, the action figures, the clothing, the cereal, the coffee creamer, the toothpaste, the mouthwash, the toilet paper !?!!!

The Force  is going to awaken, not too long from now actually, and I couldn’t be happier. It seems as though the entire world is anticipating the movies release and it’s been nothing short of amazing to kind of sit on the sidelines and watch the excitement build.

The trailers have been extremely inspirational as far as my toy-photography goes. I’ve been watching the original trilogy non-stop when time allows. The theme music has been on “endless loop” in my head and I have my tickets to the premiere stashed away in a very, very safe place. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to December 18th.

BUT…

I have a problem. Right now, anytime I feel the need to immerse myself in the Star Wars universe, I can do so. I can plop myself down in front of my gigantic television, mash a few buttons on a remote and TAH-DAH, instant Star Wars!

I can watch any of the six movies anytime I want! I can watch them back to back, I can watch them the way they were released (IV, V, VI, I, II, III) or I can sit back and relax, just knowing that if I want to visit Darth, Luke and the gang, I can. Until the 18th of December that is.

After that I will have to make the arduous trip from where I live (a small island two hours away from any real theater) to where “they” keep the new episode hidden away. Now “they” will only show you the film after you’ve handed over the official “view the greatest movie ever released in your lifetime” fee. Now “they” control access to what may go on to be known as “THE MOVIE THAT BROUGHT WORLD PEACE, ENDED HUNGER and MADE EVERYONE INCREDIBLY HAPPY”.

How am I supposed to live that way?

 

Dear Captain Phasma, Please be more like Boba Fett and less like Jar Jar Binks.
Dear Captain Phasma,
Please be more like Boba Fett and less like Jar Jar Binks.

Additionally, what if The Force Awakens and it looks like it’s hungover? Like…. like it’s been on a thirty year bender?  What if it’s (gasp) terrible? What if J. J. Abrams has completely lost his mind and is about to unleash an episode that will go down in history as the worst movie ever seen by anyone ever? I can’t take another Jar Jar Binks. Enough said about that.

I’ve been using the hashtag “inJJwetrust” in my toy-photography and I sincerely mean it. Mr. Abrams and I share a love and enthusiasm for a movie we both saw in 1977. I’m POSITIVE that his love and enthusiasm will shine through on December 18th and I hope to feel like a nine year old kid again around 7:05 p.m. that evening.

But still… the anxiety.