I absolutely LOVE this photo. When I took all of these photo’s, it was just to experiment and I had no other intention than to just grab a few and post a tiny story. I had no idea’s, I just took pictures to see how the room looked and the lighting effects with sepia tint. What I got was a playful story that seemed to grow in a way that I did not expect.
Look at that bear! I found her in a thrift shop ages ago. I am not overly fond of stuffed animals, but I thought the tiny size would be fine as a doll’s teddy bear. And she was to be Rosey’s bear, but she is coming out in a way that I did not expect. The interplay between them makes me light up with playfulness. How a tiny bear can have so much expression just amazes me. Today, as I was putting the remaining photo’s together for Rosey’s story blog, I noticed that the conversations came easy and I sensed a direction that this can all go in.
I cannot help but be influenced by fairy-tales and children’s story books. These tales are all imbedded in our brains, I am sure. So there will mostly likely be touches of this story and that, as it really is never truly about the story, but about the relationships. I know the story of them waking up to all the ‘’stuff’ was a touch of the Little Princess, but it was a heck of a lot easier than finding an explanation for it. In a way, this is how children play anyways, taking a story they know and ad lib’ing. I was so entranced with Mary Poppins when it first came out that I insisted on playing Bert the chimney sweep on our school playground. My friends and I had so much fun making up the story as we went along, it did not matter if it was true to the original story or not.
I see Meredith taking on a strong lead, a sort of parental role over Rosey which will not be easy as Rosey is so much larger than her. Of course, it is not that Meredith Bear is stodgy, she herself has a weakness for a books and stories and wants to believe in the magic as much as Rosey does. But she wants Rosey to grow up properly and I see that this will be the contention between them as Rosey has no intention of growing up!
One of the downsides to story telling is finding the right presentation. I have usually been the narrator, writing the story and bits of dialogue beneath the photo. That is one way to do it. The thing is, that anymore, I don’t feel the story is within me to tell. Playing around with the text balloons is an approach that is growing on me. It allows the photo to stand on it’s own, even if separated from the story. It is a bit more free flowing in that multiple conversations or thoughts can happen at the same time. Today, I discovered another direction, that is the audience participation, by having Meredith Bear do an aside as they use to call it in the theatre. For me, that is pulling ‘’me’’ (or you) into the story. I am not just the viewer, but pulled into their world. I took the above close-up of Meredith Bear to test the camera, but oh, how she came alive in that moment! I think it will be fun for Meredith to get so frustrated that the direction she is trying to take with Rosey gets shared with the viewer.
But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I will let it all play itself as it comes about. That’s the fun of playing with dolls! (…and bears!)