The topic "dolls" was a savenger hunt (Schnitzeljagd in German) for me. There are no dolls in my life right now, and my neighbors all have young boys who play sports...for a funny antedote please do read the "backstory" at the end of this blog.
The Wilhelmsbau Museum is a part of the Technik (technology) Museum of Speyer in Germany and conveniently had an exhibition on antique dolls and clothing from various eras.
I love the dynamic pose and look of surprise on doll #1 - that's why I made it the cover.
In addition to locating the subject, the further photographic challenge was the lighting and reflections. All of the dolls were in glass cases but fortunately some rooms had daylight from windows.
The antique dolls from the beginning of the 20th century all had the same facial style with very large eyes and tiny mouth.
This next doll (#5) seems to be the transition to the Barbie.
American Barbie dolls on display in the Wilhelmsbau Museum in Germany. I grew up in America in the 1960's and played with Barbie dolls for years.
Where can I find dolls to photograph? I ran into a similar situation as I had for the topic Lips.
So I asked Google.
When you google dolls and Speyer (also when using the German word Puppe) the first hits are for a brothel called the Dollhouse. The brothel features full-size, life-like female dolls for paid sex.
It's an interesting business model. I mean, the dolls never complain, never get sick or need a vacation or even sleep...
For those of you who are interested in photos of those types of dolls, just check out their Facebook page...