It could be worse. This is my wife's obsession: http://dollstown.com/mydoll.htm The dolls are custom, Leica prices. She makes perfect costumes, stages, photos of them doing strange things. I'm oddly tempted to start photographing them myself, they are interesting and scary at times.
Frank, those are very popular dolls amongst some males in Japan... they are creapily real. I remember watching a tv program over there where full grown men treated them as a companion. Dressed them, ate dinner with them, bathed together, (censored) together. I'll stick with my blow-up doll.
Think "Trilogy of Terror", circa 1975.
Our granddaughter has three and the wheel chair doll is one of them. I see them as mostly positive as they serve the same purpose our boy's superman and batman did, and our cowboys and Indians and soldiers did when I grew up, they create a kind of fantasy in which we grow up and in which we play various parts that hopefully lead to maturity. And as someone noted above they provide another space than cyberspace. All things can be carried to extremes but that is not a reason to abandon them.
FWIW, my daughter graduated fro dolls to jockeys.We a spent last friday at Santa Anita---it's actually cheaper than collecting American Girls! .
I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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