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I really should be shot for this XD
Anywhooo
I MISTREAT MY DOLLS SAO BADLY GAIIZZ

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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lauritad Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Wow I really like this piece
The.concept is outstanding
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much ♥  It's one of my favourite pieces still even after all this time.  I have this book where I write down the ideas I have for doll pictures and this is like the only one I ever actually made a picture for...
But yeah, I had never seen this kind of picture taken with dolls before so I decided to do it ...
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GOJUMPOFFACLIF Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love the one with the red hair ^.^ 
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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 :)
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GOJUMPOFFACLIF Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
heh np ^.^
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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!
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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
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Dollxy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
This is moving~..</3
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :huggle:
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Dollxy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
your welcome~<3
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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
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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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Ringdoll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
This picture is so fascinating.
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Ringdoll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Artist
This picture is so fascinating.
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :love:
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
this could be an 'anti bullying' or GLBT awareness
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah it could. It could probably also be awareness parental/spousal/any kind of abuse as well as a whole host of other things
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes... truetrue! its powerful and multipurpose! b/c it delivers a strong statement and at the same time allows room for interpretation!!!
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daisukekamiya Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*x* i love how this was done
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe thank you X3 Probably the most prep work I've ever put into a doll shoot LOL
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yoko-yakumo Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
omg this is the best thing ever! If only my dolls could talk!
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha thank you XD
That would be fun :la:
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yoko-yakumo Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
yes it really would ^^
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eerieINFECTIION Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh, wow; this is... so true. xD Except for Pyrite's sign. Maybe Carnelian's, too.
I have a tendency to take my Ender out with me, like to a restaurant with my friends or to my workplace, but the only weird looks I get, surprisingly, is from the little kids. xD Otherwise, the adults and other people just tend to accuse him of being a girl. -twitch.-

Fun idea! XD
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha Pyrite's sign is not true for me either XD But I was out of ideas... Carnelian...well...I don't sit them down at the dinner table or change their underwear every day LOL.
Haha Really? I take my dolls out too (school, the mall, restaurants, depending) and it's usually the adults that stare...well, the kids stare too, but the adults stare more haha. Not at me, but at the dolls. But that's only strangers...people who are used to them don't care anymore LOL

Ugh, isn't it terrible when they are accused of being a girl? ;A; I have showed Pyrries resin bits to more people than is probably appropriate XD

Thanks C:
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Tsumi-Niikura Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the art ^_^
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :love:
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Daphnesecretgarden Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I wonder ... doll abuse can be a healing process for humans, don't you think? I know I would be a terrible parent to my doll. :slow: He would prefer to be left alone, but I'm sure I would make him suffer to some degree.
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I don't know XD I'm not actually terrible to my dolls because let's face it... when you pay 500$+ for something, you're not going to treat it badly ^^; The worst they have to put up with is me randomly stripping them for various reasons or yelling at them for not posing ^^;
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Daphnesecretgarden Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Well, I certainly understand not actually hurting them. :please::tears::please:

My version of abuse would be making him dress up in something as cute and girlish as possible and watching him pose in front of his sister and auntie and pout all day long because he hates it! :slow:

I'd still love him and treat him like the precious little thing he is. He just might not like the love he gets. :hug:
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahhh XD In that case, yeah, some of mine would probably be happier being left alone a bit more XD
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Zimbl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So is this what your dolls think about you or complain about? ^^
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Pfff I guess so XD Except Pyrries, because that's a bit of a lie >.> And I suppose Berry's doesn't have much to do with me ^^;
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LucidRequiem Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore this!
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad :love: Thank you :)
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Baka-niBoko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! Carnelian is looking dapper and glamorous as always ^_~
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe thank you :love:
He's happy to hear that XD
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PlagueBearerBJD Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really cool idea. Are they holding your thoughts or their own?
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)

Oh, their own XD I'm too antisocial to care about most of that stuff... except the last one I suppose, but it doesn't apply to me really ^^;
I just kind of thought it would be ironic XD
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PlagueBearerBJD Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a really cute idea. XD I like all of them. I really like the last the most actually. XD
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I'm glad you like it XD
yeah, the last one is my favourite for this set too >.> I just wish Carnelian had been cooperating with his posing lolol. Oh well :shrug:
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PlagueBearerBJD Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats the worse when no matter how long you work with a doll they dont cooperate. XD Little brats.
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh god, yes! XD They are brats. I'm just happy at least one of mine is a camera whore and poses for any picture XD
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PlagueBearerBJD Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Camera whores are the best! My plague is a epic Camera whore. Every shot is amazing.
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I know right?
jdgaidjf I love her OuO It's a Rosy *spazzes*
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