I was filling in a rainy Sunday by taking some doll photos and somehow the shutter went off while I was still repositioning the doll.
I thought that it would be fun to do some portraits of Barbie over her nearly six decades of dolly life. Non doll people please be aware that there are many styles of Barbie and Barbie friends, different hair and eye colours, different body shapes and sizes, different ethnicity. This is not an attempt to show that. Naomi and I have a doll blog where you are very welcome to visit if you’d like to see more dolls.
Barbie is first released in 1959
Barbie changes her hairstyle several times. During this decade Barbie also got a boyfriend, best friend and little sisters as well as a whole wardrobe of fashions and accessories, a car and a house.
The Mod Era began in the late 1960s and carried on for nearly a decade. Barbie gets a new body with a twist and turn waist.
The Superstar Era begins. The first Barbie with the “Superstar” face actually appeared in 1977 but this face predominated the Barbie line in the 80s and 90’s.
Most Barbie’s had the Superstar or new “Mackie” face with closed mouth smile.
Fashion Fever. Barbie gets a new body with a belly button. The Fashion Fever line of dolls appear from 2004 onwards.
Barbie Basics. Starting in 2009 Mattel release a line of higher quality but affordable dolls with a different body sculpt. These were aimed more at collectors than children.
Fashionista era. The current Barbie playline has a diverse range of dolls and Barbie appears much younger than in previous eras.
I was having a doll photo session today and trying out a new location in front of a gold curtain in the computer room. Most photos went well as I posed the dolls on the window frame but for a couple I put them on top of the printer. The printer is perfectly level but as I’m not keen on getting down on my knees so much now I bent down a bit to take them. I sometimes have a bit of a problem with holding the camera straight and this position made that problem much worse. I was pretty annoyed as correcting the problem in the photo editor would have meant Penny lost her feet which would also spoil the picture. I might have to just do something arty with it.
For those who want to know Penny is a Barbie friend called Summer from the Fashion Fever era 2004-2007.
The larger group you get together for a photo the more chances that at the crucial moment someone will do something to mess it up. Even the dolls don’t always cooperate.
I wanted to show this Reborn baby doll being held by the lady at the stall but oops she turned away. Can’t see Baby.
I was naturally delighted when I saw this challenge. The real challenge was choosing what to photograph out of my many options. I have been a teddy and toy collector for many years now. I chose my oldest and favourite teddy bears, some of my cool looking Kens and a few other things I had that were still not packed. Luckily there were some things still waiting to be packed because I have packed quite a lot of my things in boxes ready for moving day. I hope you enjoy my choices for this challenge.
You can imagine how delighted Naomi and I were to have a challenge involving dolls, bears and toys as we collect them but not all my photos today are of my own things. Every year I try to get to the Hobart Model Train Show and every year I take photos so I have quite a lot of photos of model trains. Everyone loves model trains don’t they? These photos are from last year. The gentleman in the uniform is Peter Fielding who lives near Naomi. I met him some years ago when we were often travelling on the same bus. Model trains are one of his hobbies and he always exhibits a railway based on military history, usually World War One. Last year he had “The Desert War”.
I love all the layouts but I am especially fond of the ones using Triang trains as I used to have a Triang train set as a child. I also rather like the scenery of the British and European model railways.
David and I were always very fond of the British TV series Doctor Who. The TARDIS was given to him by Naomi as were the little Dalek and 11th Doctor figure.
Here is a vintage monkey who belongs to me. His name is Roy. The Teddy Bear was made by me and the cute little picnic set was a gift from Naomi. The Cabbage Patch baby was in an odd lot of dolls I bought so I knitted him an outfit but he has now moved on.
Of course I was going to add some dolls, here are just a few of my collection.