It’s not an easy thing to admit but my husband has toys. Nothing racy, we’re not talking sex stuff, but monsters, comic hero guys and robots. Some of these toys date back to his youth, others are occasionally picked up at flea markets, shops or Ebay.
We don’t talk about it much and sadly I don’t think the collection will ever be worth much as he still opens up the packaging just like he did back in the 1970s. And any inherent value these items may hold is probably lost on him as I doubt he’s ever considered selling them.
I think a dose of escapism in adult life is no bad thing and if having a few tin robots lined up on my hubby’s desk does that for him, it’s no problem for me. And it did give me an idea for a possible new range of greeting cards. After all he can’t be the only one out there with a passion for monsters and robots.
So I borrowed ‘Space Walk Man’, (a silvery tin robot with a chest full of laser guns), and placed him on one of my light-boxes. (If you’re curious a light-box is a flat drawing aid, internally lit, that artists and designers can use to trace around something or for viewing photo negatives and slides). Accompanied with some orange gel that provided a nice soft glow from below and a second light-box provided the robot with his key (or main) light.
A few pieces of white paper placed strategically around the set-up reflected light back where I wanted it and I was finally ready to take a picture. And the result is ‘Retro Robot’, the first in what I hope will be an expanding new range of photo-based, greeting cards for this web-site.
My aim is to make them fun, colourful and as a reminder of when toys were designed to inspire your imagination. And luckily my husband has plenty more, including a mildly spooky monkey with cymbals.
I think that grinning, battery-operated primate could be the next to have a photo session. Oh and there’s a clockwork monster that has sparks that come out of his toothy mouth. And a robot that has missiles mounted on its head. This toy collecting business is really quite contagious…