The 8 year old has never really played with toys. Certainly not according to the manufacturers’ instructions anyway. Her play usually involves dressing up and telling convoluted stories with numerous props and her brothers as extras. The only toy that has ever properly captured her imagination is the Sylvanian Families range. These little, fuzzy, animal families come dressed in quasi-Edwardian clothes and with an astonishing array of fingernail sized accessories. Each animal has a name and character traits and their typical hobbies include holidaying on canal boats and having piano lessons.
It wasn’t a huge surprise when I found out that despite the European image that they project, they are actually Japanese. Somewhere near Mount Fuji, there is a Sylvanian Families theme park, with lifesize characters. This will either be completely brilliant or more than a bit scary. We are going to find out.
I quite often photograph the Sylvanians, at the eight year old’s request. She has plans to make a stop motion animation with them during the summer holidays. Storyboards are being drawn up as we speak. She set up this tableau entitled ‘Bath Time’.
But I wasn’t sure whether a tableau really counts as a still life, so I took this one too. I like it’s macabre qualities. I might ask the eight year old to make up a story to go with it.
This post was written for The Gallery at Sticky Fingers. This week’s prompt was ‘still life’.