Dolls (242/365)

by Lee Santiva August. 30, 2019 115 views
Antique doll in a museum in Speyer, Germany

Antique doll in a museum in Speyer, Germany

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.

Doll with bokeh

Doll with bokeh

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.

Antique doll from the beginning of the 20th century

Antique doll from the beginning of the 20th century

The doll has a defect on her lips

The doll has a defect on her lips

This next doll (#5) seems to be the transition to the Barbie.

Dreamy doll

Dreamy doll

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.

American Barbie dolls with bokeh

American Barbie dolls with bokeh

Backstory:

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...

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Björn Roose 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Personally, when I hear "doll" I think of the movie "A Doll's House" (based on a play by Henrik Ibsen) with Anthony Hopkins smile But I sure would not associate them with technology, especially not the ancient ones smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I remember that I had read Ibsen’s book in high school but I have forgotten everything about it. When you think about it, it is an interesting development in European culture from fragile dolls for children to sex dolls for adults

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Part of the infantilization of Western culture in general, I fear ...

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice photos and well done without glare. Learned something new today, not sure the usefulness of this information. Did read this article https://sputniknews.com/viral/201803021062148938-denmark-doll-brothel/ in case you are interested. I guess it takes all kinds😄

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the compliment. The Danish Dollhouse snd the one in Speyer seem to be very similar, although I didn‘t go so far as to look into the prices…

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Berckmans Peter 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice and funny post. Making photos through glass can be hell

3 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Peter. Fortunately it was very clean glass without dust or a filmy surface

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