One of the things about having a child (that no one tells you), is that suddenly your life is full of toys. I mean, just brimming with toys! I remember that right around the time that the toy overflow started, I could not have been more annoyed. It felt like everywhere I looked there was another new toy. And then...then he started to outgrow some of his toys. He stopped carrying that well worn, loved Mickey around with him everywhere. Duplos were replaced with Legos, Little People were replaced with superheroes just as onesies were exchanged for shirts and Pull-ups for underwear. When those things happened, well, I became a little melancholy for those old toys that marked my children's interests at different stages of their growing lives. I realized that photographing those well loved toys were just as important to documenting the process of childhood and growing up as photographing my actual children. So, a project began and somewhere in there I came to find that I just love, love, love, photographing my children's toys. Especially, when they request that I make their toy "do" something, like drive along the street or "be in space", or arrest the bad guy. Yep, children's toys, who knew?
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