today I’d like to take you a photo walk of a different kind! A couple of days ago I had the chance to get an idea of a doll doctor’s job.
From the outside you can already guess that this isn’t an ordinary shop. Through the shopping window you’re already watched by many dolls’ and teddies’ eyes. When entering, this impression is confirmed. Full shelves with the most different kinds of dolls and soft toys. A little shop with angled rooms and routes, pink and orange walls and funny, somewhat naïve looking lighters.
No matter if it’s about restoring an antique doll or repairing a soft toy that’s been used for many years, the doll doctors are the right address. We talked a lot about the sentimental value of the dolls and toys. The ladies understand how even adults can feel attached to items that have been part of their childhood. The first soft toy or doll you got for your fourth birthday is irreplaceable and so it’s understandable to let them shine again.
I was allowed to watch the ladies as they disassembled a doll from the 1920s and scratched off parts of faded color to repaint the doll later. For this, some totally new paint is mixed because each doll is unique and most of its original color should be restored. This required a lot of meticulous fingertip work and I could clearly see how experienced both ladies were.
I had the chance to take a look at the little store on my own and capture some personal highlights on my lens. The storage room, where “spare parts” for dolls and soft toys are collected, impressed me in particular. Closets full of boxes, on the left and right, from bottom to top, with different limbs, doll heads or tiny wigs inside. I should confess that this may sound a bit odd, but in any case it was a funny experience to see something like this.
Of course, I took my photos with my Canon 5D MarkIII. I’d taken along my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and my Sigma 24 – 105mm / f4 DG OS HSM Art, but when I arrived I decided to shoot everything with the 50mm lens. It was rather dark and I definitely needed high light intensity.