BJD Photoshoot Virgin

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I’ve always been fascinated by ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) and especially amazed at the beautiful photographs people took of them. Yes, I know a lot of people would think of them as creepy, ghostly or inhuman, even (They’re dolls after all… No??). I do think many dolls give me the creeps but these BJDs captivated me in some ways that I don’t know how to explain them.

A few days ago, I managed to find some courage to ask the NZ BJD Club on Facebook if any of them were keen to lend me their beautiful dolls for a short photo shoot (Under their supervision, of course!) Polina responded in a flash! We arranged to meet up two days later, and bam! I finally got my first feel on photographing BJDs! I was handling the dolls with such care and gentle-ness, they told me that I didn’t have to be too careful because the dolls are pretty sturdy. And because I was so gentle… I wasted quite a bit of precious time. Sometimes, I couldn’t stop looking at them and forgot to photograph them. Hah, jokes on me.

Anyway, I wanted a doll of my own since forever (Okay, maybe about 5 years) but I couldn’t afford one and they are almost impossible to buy offline. Polina and Marly (her husband) were so awesome, they gave me one of their old dolls as a gift and a starter doll to get me going. I haven’t photographed him yet, nor have I named him (Had no time, spent the weekend in Wellington for Extraordinary Tales) but I can’t wait to get started!

Street Eats!

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Korean Fish cakes. They’re really good! It’s like fish-flavoured fu chuk with a bit of a springy texture served in hot soup!


Chicken skewers with chili sauce. Not very good though.

Beef Bourguignon.

Lemon and sugar crepe.

He poured out two buckets of chorizos. That’s a lottttt of chorizos.

Judge Bao (Bao Qing Tian, to be precise.)

The Sloppy Po with bean curd and shiitake mushrooms in mapo sauce. Well… It’s mapo taufu sandwiched between mantao.

Cassava Chips