I decided I should start June off with a post, and hopefully, set the stage for regular posts this month. I slacked last month. I needed the downtime–time to do no more than what was required of me. I even let my camera have a bit of rest. Even though a longer hiatus would be fine with me, the things I want to share with my blog audience are beginning to pile up pretty high!
So I’m back with another monochrome photos post. This time, teddy bears! Way back in February, I organized a “Teddy Bears and Dolls in Monochrome” swap, part of the series of monochrome swaps I’d put together for the “A Thousand Words” group on swap-bot. This was a super fun swap for me (and my son). At first, my son and I organized the Beanie Baby War, “The Bears vs. The Others” to be exact. Not a very creative title, we know. We have just as many bear beanie babies as we have “others” combined, so we were a bit challenged to come up with a name for the “non-bears.” They made a motley bunch of fish, fowl, furries, creepy crawlies and other winged creatures. We also worked on a Beanie Bears Family Portrait. That didn’t go so well. The bears kept getting into tiffs over who should be seated on the front row.
But it was when Mr. Cuddly A. Bear got his hand on my camera that we knew we had a winner. I’ll wait and tell you about that one. Let me introduce you to some new teddy bear friends.
Meet Camille Bear. Her owner, “Castlequeen” on swap-bot, has had her for 18 years. A dear friend gave it to her as a birthday gift. This (above), obviously, is not the monochrome shot. These are:
I like the antique look of this photo and how the crop brings the teddy bear up close and personal. Camille looks perfectly at home in color or in sepia.
Adorable, isn’t she? This one reminds me of the teddy bear and doll displays I often see in antique shops.
Cakers, my “send-to” partner and photog friend, shared her beary goodness with me just because she knows how much joy teddy bears carry! She got a little frustrated with the “creation” process and in her frustration tossed her bears aside with the hat, and voila! Behold the cuteness!
Cakers found this cuddly bear in a closet, and doesn’t remember who gave her this bear. So I named him “Who?” 🙂
And now, look at this sweet little knit bear named George.
George is named after Cakers’ maternal grandfather whom she loved fiercely. She purchased “George” from Gregory Patrick of Mad Man Knitting. If you’re interested in knitting bears or in connecting with another soul, check out his site.
Unfortunately, I’m not brave enough to post “The Beanie War”–it was pretty gruesome. But I am willing to share Mr. Cuddly A. Bear’s story. Cuddly A. got a little bored with his “beary” existence the afternoon we were working with the beanie babies’ photo shoot. My son and I set up the camera and tripod, but were using the iPad and iPhone for test shots. While we were distracted, Cuddly A. decided to take control of the camera.
Here’s his story in pictures.
As you can see, he used the camera without permission and “got busted.” Notice the look on his face when he realized he was caught. We placed him in “time-out” for eight minutes to mull over his naughty actions. He listened carefully as I explained to him why he shouldn’t touch the camera without permission and promised he wouldn’t do that again.
As you can see, Cuddly A. was a willing participant in our bear shenanigans. Converting him to “monochrome” was a fun exercise. Adding texture was bonus fun. Cuddly A. (not his real name) was actually my son’s first bear. He’s had him since “before he was born.”
Oh–remember this lovely doll and bear I found in a Nashville shop window? I converted them to black and white and sent him to Cakers too.
I haven’t organized a monochrome swap in a while, but I think it’s time. Let’s see what we come up with next!