Mr. Tiger Pants learns to fly!

January 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

You learn something new every day.

So, I'm taking this class on creating photography books, through the Southeast Center for Photography.  It's taught by Douglas Stockdale, and I'm having a blast.  Hope they offer it again, because I know some people who will want to take it.

One of the things I love about any class is the opportunity to meet other photographers and get ideas from them.  In today's class, we talked about sequencing your book project (What goes on what page? And why?).  This means we get to see other students' work.  

One of my classmates is creating her book from a series of botanical images, which created with a scanner, rather than a camera.  They are really beautiful.  Naturally, I had to try it, too and although I had no flowers or plants handy, Mr. Tiger Pants was a willing participant.  He's so fearless!

Now I know what you're all thinking... will there be a book about Plastiqueville someday?  Hmm...

Happy 2022 to all of you!

January 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Happy new year from everyone in Plastiqueville! It's the season for group pictures.  Maybe you've appeared in a few yourself over the past few days.  So, in honor of the new year, I have gathered a number of Plastiqueville's citizens (but certainly not all of them) for a quick portrait.  On behalf of my little plastic friends, we would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful 2022.

I find the passage into another year to be refreshing.  Turn a new page, start the cycle of seasons and events all over again - with better intentions this time around, of course.  Fresh notebooks!  With that in mind, we want to post more often around here - and if you're reading this, perhaps you could help us out. What questions do you have?  Ask us.  The little people may have the answers.  

Thank you for stopping by!  See you again soon!

Solstice greetings from Plastiqueville

December 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Solstice greetings!  Plastiqueville has been abuzz, and not just with the usual activities of the season.  We're also deep into our illustrations for Trapped, a novel of romantic comedy coming out next year from Parisian Phoenix Publishing.  In fact, the editors have presented us with a whole list of possible points in the book where an illustration would be welcome, and we're chipping away at them one by one.

New residents are moving in weekly.  A family of elves have been stationed in Plastiqueville for the holidays, to make sure Santa's deliveries arrive at their local destinations in a timely manner, without damage.  Today they took some time to explore the neighborhood, where they learned many important things (like the fact that our street numbers are not in order).


Adventures in illustration

December 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment


We've been busy in Plastiqueville lately, creating illustrations for Trapped, a novel by Seneca Blue, soon to be published by Parisian Phoenix Publishing, the new publishing venture from Angel Ackerman and Gayle Hendricks.  In fact, Gayle has written a blog post about the project, with more pictures, and we're pretty excited about it (and flattered, too).

Over the years, first as a writer and now as a storytelling photographer, I have always enjoyed creative prompts.  Give me an idea and I promise you that I will run with it.  So when the folks at Parisian Phoenix provided me with a list of scenes from Trapped that required photos, I dug right in.  The photo above is from a pet adoption event, held at a local mall.  (The mall itself, constructed from plastic bottles and washi tape, is featured in a previous post here.)  I'm trying not to think too far ahead in the list; instead, I gently take each item, one at a time, and think about the best way to portray it.  Some are easier than others.  Next on the list - the aftermath of an explosion at a turkey farm.  And then a visiting bear wandering through a suburban neighborhood.  And a grease fire in a kitchen.  And sex in a barn...

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us.

By the way, as 2021 spins slowly to a close, we look ahead to further fun in Plastiqueville.  I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the occasional lapses in activity around here - life does have a way of throwing those obstacles in one's path.  In 2022, we will try harder.  Which brings up a question:  What would you like to see?  What parts of life in Plastiqueville intrigue you the most?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

The Mall of Plastiqueville

December 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment


I don't know what you guys did today, but I built a shopping mall.  Amazing what you can do with plastic water bottles and several rolls of washi tape.  

This is just a preliminary image, of course; I still have to play with lighting, props and eventually, little people.  I'm working my way through a long list of scenes from Trapped, a novel by Seneca Blue, to be published by Parisian Phoenix Publishing as soon as I can get more of these pictures done.  At one point in the story, a pet adoption event is held at the local mall - so here's my sparkly world of shopping temptation.  I sure had a good time building it.

Shoppers arriving soon - check back for updates!

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