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!