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March 21, 2012
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Feb 28, 2012, 6:51:24 AM
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DeviantID: Dolly Abuser by In-Dreams-We-Lie DeviantID: Dolly Abuser by In-Dreams-We-Lie
I really should be shot for this XD

Excuse Nelly's sign, he wasn't cooperating so much XD Also, Pyrrie's sign is a bit of a lie >.> I think I talk to my dolls a bit more than I should haha. Just not when non-dolly people are around XD
So, from left to right
Pyrite Moonstone (Dream of Doll DOT Homme Ducan)
Onyx Moonstone (LUTS Kid Delf Bory Boy)
Beryl Garnet Jett (B&G Doll Nailo-elf)
Carnelian Alexandrite Drusy (Ringdoll Ringteen Red Magician Petter)
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This picture can have more than one interpretation. It could refer to the well-discussed issue of "can an owner abuse their dolls", remind of the living toys of the Velveteen Rabbit in a weird way, and it also hint to possible real people's situations. Wow, all the meta-meanings!

And then, also done so well. The poses are realistic and life-like, the sparse lighting helps concentrate on the subject. Little details - the way the clothing on the first doll from the left looks like it is put on carelessly, as if the character of the doll would not care for his looks in his depressive mood. The gagged mouth of each doll accentuates the impression of the doll being "de-humanized", objectified and rendered mute while at the same time carrying an ironic meaning - the doll IS not human, it IS an object, and it cannot talk in the literal sense of this word.

The only reason why I would say the technique is almost, but not quite, perfect: the sign on the first doll from the right is slightly blurry. It would be better if it would be more in focus, like on the other picture parts.

And last bit not least, the dolls themselves are beautiful. Clothing, face-ups, wigs - everything works out well and helps the overall athmosphere. What? This is not important? Oh yes it is, every doll hobbyist will tell you ^^

Fantastic work.
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GOJUMPOFFACLIF Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love the one with the red hair ^.^ 
In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I love Ringdolls.  They make up about half of my doll collection now ^^; 
Thanks :)
GOJUMPOFFACLIF Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
heh np ^.^
DustonDolls Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, this is so moving...reminds me kind of All-American Reject's Dirty little secret vid. I think I'm gonna do something with the theme now, this gave me such an inspiration!
In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooh I'm looking forward to that!
I'm glad I was able to give inspiration haha.

To be honest I hadn't even thought of the Dirty Little Secrets vid (and that song is now stuck in my head XD) but I see it now that you mention it OuO
Dollxy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is moving~..</3
In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :huggle:
Dollxy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
your welcome~<3
savagedolls Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi. I'm a BJD photographer, too, and I'm a victim of emotional and psychological abuse. I wanted to thank you for taking this photo. I think it's an important subject!

Of course we all know that dolls often "humanize" the feelings people feel themselves, acting as a vessel to allow the photographer to "work through" their feelings.

That said, I think sometimes dolls represent a lot to their "humans" and often issues like this sort don't get addressed.

I work through my dolls a lot, too -- sometimes the things I "work through" are scary, and I'm too shy to even touch the subject with my dolls. The idea is scary but gratifying somehow, though, isn't it? No one likes to be alone in scary situations, do they! o.o;;

You've made a VERY empowering photo, I really can't even say how powerful this image is!

Your dolls are stunning, by the way. I really feel the "emotions" they represent. They feel very realistic.

I know your dolls are just "resin people", just little objects, but I hope their stories come to some sort of conclusion regardless. Good luck to you too! <3
In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hullo. Can I start by just giving you a hug? :iconspazhugplz: Nobody should have to go through abuse of any sort

Personally I do have psychological abuse issues, different from what could be here because that's too close to me to put out, but yeah, it is a kind of way to vocalize those things, along with a fair few other purposes.

But as you've said, these things don't often get addressed, and for a variety of reasons. I remember a thread on DoA about what kinds of things were and were not acceptable to photograph and display with dolls and I think abuse may have been on there... I don't remember because I gave up on that thread about a page in... Thing is people are afraid of putting things like this out there because it might upset people. And that's understandable.
What's really interesting is that you saw that meaning in this right away, of course because you've had experiences with it, where it might speak to other people other ways. I personally didn't have any of the particular meanings in mind when I shot it. It was a sort of combination of many actually.

Alas, the idea is gratifying, but I haven't quite gone for it myself since this was somewhat of a safe option that, while it is quite clearly about abuse, it's sort of alluding to it more than anything else... where it could also be about perception, or fitting in (or lack thereof) in school/work/whatever, etc. I was really impressed by lajvio for that actually, when she took on suicide so clearly and powerfully.
But no, nobody wants to be alone. And really, nobody is alone in this because issues like it affect far too many people, and it's nice to put that out there now and then, that you're not alone.

Thank you very much for your comment. This photo is not actually about issues my dolls have... Onyx's is the closest really, about his past. He's already past that time now though. They do have their own issues though, but this was just something I really wanted to do, and their own problems would have been far too specific, even alluding to it.

Thanks again. I hope everything goes well for you too :huggle:
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