At Home with the Super Neumanns

Danny Neumann in Phoenix, Arizona is in the midst of the yearlong photography project: At Home with the Super Neumanns...

Why did you decide to do this project?  I'm an adult who refuses to quit playing with toys. My action figure collecting hobby eventually spawned a sub-hobby: photographing my figures doing everyday things. Its a creative outlet I find very rewarding and I was looking for a way to keep more consistent.

How has doing a yearlong/daily project affected your life? As I write this I am three months in. One one hand, this is an accomplishment in itself. On the other, it really only represents a good start! I have had to let go the concerns about how much the project is costing. It turns out miniature dollhouse type accessories are not cheap! Although the project is quite time consuming, it has been a fun experience for my whole family. We often talk and laugh about ideas for future shots. And I love hearing my six year old stepson crack up when I show him a new photo.

I often find when setting up my shots that I get close to recapturing the very unique-to-childhood creative mindspace. That elusive experience where you are transported out of reality and into the world being occupied by the toys themselves. I didn't think adults could re-achieve that imaginative world but I have been drifting in and out of it the more time I spend in the Super Neumann's environment.

See all of Danny's photos HERE.


CharmedThings said...

Hi! I was couldn't help but smile while looking at your photos. I photograph pieces of jewelry, so I can only imagine what you have to do to get your shots "right"! Although, I can see how the process would be great fun! I do like the idea of it being a project your family can contribute to and how it amuses your son! It is contagious, because now I want to "play" also. Have a Happy Creative Day.....Debbie

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Debbie! And, yes, there are lots of times my hands are too big, shakey, and clumsy, for such a small scale! I'm constantly in a place where I just about get everything right and I accidentally knock something over, which usually has a domino effect! Ha!