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Copyright: Amy Jordan (persimon) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 378 W: 49 N: 337] (2406)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-26
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Canon 18-55 EFS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Toys and Childhood Memories [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-28 8:56
Viewed: 2547
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dropped my dolly in the dirt,
I asked my dolly if it hurt,
And all my dolly said to me was...

Those are the lyrics to a little song my brothers and I would play on the piano at our Grandparents' house. You play it all on the black keys, so it was very easy to learn.

I thought of this little song as I photographed this doll. This is the last of the three. I did nothing to this one except put a frame on it. It may not be as powerful as the other shots, but I wanted to preserve some of the reality - and she is still a little spooky to me:-)

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we should keep the silence,for her sleep:-) good idea to photograph her,eyes shut.and I have nothing to say for your framework today,I liked it too:-)

This is indeed really spooky, Amy, as my first reaction was the "doll" was dead! The position of the neck makes me think it is broken. The screen of my computer at work is not really bright so I am not certain if there is a bit of sharpness missing on the face of the doll (I will have to check when I get home). But overall, very powerfull & spooky picture with a very nice frame. Well done!

I agree with the spookiness of this image
Dolls always gave me the creeps when I was a kid
They still do!

Excellent job, this has been a really cool series Amy!!

I like how you made it!! Great idea and perfect frame!

Well done!


It reminds me of a book I read in junior high called "The Evil One" the first in a series in Phantom Valley at a school called Chilleen Academy. It is about a doll that is cursed to get the wisher whatever they want at whatever cost, even if it means hurting someone in the process.

Awesome angle and framing.

Hi Amy,
Nice shot. Even without pp this is one creepy looking doll. Uggh! The marks on her neck...looks like she's taking a nap alright...a "dirt nap." And just when you get near, she'll reach up and grab ya! ;P
Anyhow...very nice work. The shadows and the soft focus on her head really brings out the mood; silent and still.
Good work.

Hello Amy
See my comment in workshop pleasse.
How is my baby cuddels today ?

I liked this idea of your doll.
Tulip and bye

I've looked at your latest series and I have enjoyed the comments/critiques. This is another fine piece with great framing. Nice angles and lights!


hi Amy
I also belong to the ''stable'' of friends from John and following to whom he is sending critiques
I often find good photo work! And so is yours.
But most off all I love your little one !
She is such a cutie! but ok this lookes like 'Girls talk ' and I am in here for your photo.
ok: its GREAT ! Also Johns workshop.
So thanks F S
and bye :-))


i too find this shot a little "spooky" :)
like a scene from a movie...like its going to suddenly come alive or open its eyes when you get closer...:P

powerful photo, i like the scary feel of it

Hello Amy,

Another good shot of this doll. The mood of this photograph is wonderfully creepy. These dolls along with ventriloquist dummies haave given me the creeps from childhood. Funny how those things stay with you. Great photograph Amy!

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  • udijw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 34] (295)
  • [2005-10-29 15:34]
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Hi Amy,
The pictuer is very good technically, but brings troubles to my head.
the doll is obveouslly not at her best here.
alone and seems neglected, make me fill up with sad thoughts.
also the worn out neck is not a good sign.
troublsom image performed with great technical care.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-11-01 8:58]
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Your note is really American, I think.
The idea to use the doll in this way for photography, is original.
I've seen some good compositions from you today, like this one too, nice done, Amy

as you will see my English is dreadful, it resembles my photographs a little, ;-)))
good evening Amy,
It is a joy for me which to know somebody of other, I am honoured bus very often the kind with photographs that I expose are rather difficult to include/understand. I chose this one because it sleeps and travels in its major dreams. Is photograph simple but presented with much taste, it a very beautiful work?

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