The Secret Life of Toys

I came across some of these early photos I had taken a few years ago. I was inspired by trying to make inanimate objects come to life in still photography as an aid to better help me in my animation. This particular series was called “Inanimate”. A few of my serious photographer friends don’t seem to like these and think I should be focusing on human subjects or more adult subjects, A.K.A. the grown up world of photography. I believe that one of the hardest things in visual communication is to embed an inanimate object with a spark or humor and life. I remember an IKEA commercial a few years ago that did just that. The commercial, which was directed by Spike Jonze, made you actually feel sorry for a lamp that was being thrown out in the rain as it was replaced by a newer more svelte IKEA lamp. The commercial is still as funny today as when it came out.