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my little photography muse – mini Danbo!
I thought I should blog about my wee robot pal and introduce him to the rest of you.
The name ‘Danbo’ or ‘Danboard’ for those not familiar with him is from the Japanese word ‘danboru’ which means corrugated cardboard. ( ダンボー ) As he is indeed a little ‘cardboard’ box robot!
Danbo was commissioned by Amazon Japan through Revoltech – from Azuma Kiyohiko the creator of the manga character Yotsuba-chan, from the comic of the same name ‘Yotsuba&!’. I first came across him in 2008 through Flickr (there were only a few Danbo fanatics back then), fell in love and had to have one. I think I have a penchant for Japanese toys & collectibiles (Blythe, Danbo, Sanrio,Monchhichi…yep I see a pattern too)
Danbo has become my favourite inanimate object to photograph.
I have to keep thinking of new ideas and adventures for him to have, thus keeping the creative juices flowing. Imagination is key, but he is so very very cute and lovable so it is rather easy. Part of the challenge is working with his one blank expression and how it can be transformed into something more. I tend to use props & objects I already have at home in each scene to ‘bring Danbo to life’.
I keep referring to my Danbo as a ‘he” because for me, he is a boy.
Don’t ask me how I know this, he just is. ☺
Shooting Danbo (as he is plastic) means I am learning more about natural light too and how to use it better in my photographs.
Plus it’s a whole lot of fun!
Pearl + Danbo 4eva