Tuesday, May 19, 2009


"I Can't Even Look at These Photos Without Needing to Roll My Body in Pancake Batter and Flip Myself into the Non-Existent Arms of the Badly-Combed-Over, Green-Suited Fisher-Price Man Who Worked Changing the Stoplight From Red to Green in the Toy Village of My Youth"

To summarize that title: for me, much of the zest of life is tied up in food and toys. If Buzz Lightyear could hobble up to me, holding a cob of corn dripping with butter, I'd take him to infinity--and beyond. If a Chatty Cathy doll could toss me a quesadilla, frisbee style, I'd pee myself. Or if a Lego dinosaur could stomp up and present me with a bowl of potato chips he'd crisped with his own breath, I'd call him Son and send him to camp.

You might, then, gather that I am a huge fan of Groom's final portfolio project in his digital photography class this semester. Having to choose a "theme" around which to shoot ten photos...and not wanting to go cliched or cheesy...Groomy decided to make photos of "What They're Up to When We're Not Looking."

The scope of that theme could have reached vast and wide, even into Mel Gibson's underwear, but, wisely, His Groomitude remained tightly-focused and turned out the following ten Playmobil/food-based photos:


The Great Coffee Siphoning Caper

Strawberry Catapult

Cheerio Diver Surfacing

Scaling the Everest That Is Called, in My Language, "Banana Bread"

Give Me Pineapple, or Give Me Honeydew

Cracker Cabinet (I'm not showing the companion photo entitled "Honkey Ho-Ho's")

When You're a Skeleton, Och, But The Cheese Goes Right Through You


Robert Falcon Scott's Polar Expedition Could Have Benefited From Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Especially Right About the Time They Were All Penning Their Farewell Notes to Their Wives and Gnawing on Their Own Pinky Finger Bones

Underage, Under the Influence, and on the Counter

Par-TAAAAAAY!

These photos encapsulate what I've always felt about my husband: it's amazing that someone can see so clearly into my brain and my soul--places where beach balls are made of cream puffs; skateboards glide on crescent rolls; plastic horses deliver curry; and S & M Barbies work with licorice whips.

And, of course, Groom himself is both my plaything and a real dish.

25 comments:

monica said...

that is so good! Imagine being someones plaything, a dish AND totally creative!! Would really like to see the Honkey Ho Ho's though :o))

sid said...

Dude those photos are frigging awesome. Your hubbie is sooooo creative.

Star said...

Hubby has quite the sense of humor. Between the two of you the kids may make careers of stand up comedy. Those are great photos. I always apprecate art when I can tell what it is. I am not a fan f the abstract.

Jeni said...

Now there's some wild and wacky -but really good -creativity going on with "Groomeo." I really do admire -greatly -anyone who can come up with things like this for a project like that! Yep! You two are a darned good match in the creativity department!
Peace.

Jazz said...

I love how Groom's mind works, yes I do...

Kirsten said...

I love those! I want Part 2!!

Jamie said...

Very clever and well done! I was smiling the whole time!

I've been so inspired reading about him living out his creative dream and going back to art school. You Go, Groom!!

ArtSparker said...

Those are great - he should get an A.

kmkat said...

I love those. But will the class? They are playful, creative, and fun; don't academic artsy folk prefer abstract, ironic, and unintelligible?

Becky Cazares said...

I am totally impressed with the extent of your collection! Wow, things certainly have changed in the Fisher-Price world since my little brothers had theirs in the '70s. I've never seen so many accessories! Guess I need to get out more. Geez.

My favorite was the pirates at the honey-dew bowl, but the most creative award goes to the Under the Influence!

chelle said...

ok those are AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

Even though I attended that pretentious school of yours, I never obtained the ability to speak or provide feedback in the artsy sort of way so my comments on Groom's work in the previous post would have been "uh..it kinda looks like you." But these photos I like. And his creativity is incredible. Amazingly, we have none of these lego guys around the house but I find plastic toy animal thingys in all sorts of nooks and crannies and just wonder how they got there. Maybe I should start taking photos too! How fun.
Julie B.

Diesel said...

Is that a scorpion on that cheese? Watch out, Mr. Skeleton!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

May I print this post out and frame it? It deserves to be embroidered in cross-stitch, but I'm lazy.

The photos and the ideas behind them are fanmarveloustick, and the last sentence melts like a handful of M&M's on the tongue.

I'm pretty sure I love you for the licorice whip wielding dominatrix Barbies alone.

citizen of the world said...

Oh my God! You actually made me laugh out loud, pre-coffee! Those are really great. Tell your guy I love them.

phd in yogurtry said...

love the cheerios diver!! and scaling mount banana bread! really creative. must have been fun coming up with all of those.

I was, however, waiting for the more adventurous Dr. Strangelove's Kong riding the, ya know, dildo.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"S & M Barbies work with licorice whips"

Hahahahahhahahahaha!

Incredibly clever. I'll have to share it with one of my "grown up" sons who still plays with Playmobile.

lime said...

ok, give me pineapple or give me honeydew sings to me. i love everything about it! and it cracks me up that i can see you reading the paper in the background.

would it surprise you to know i had a brief foray into work as a lego porn producer?

here's the proof.
http://insaneasylime.blogspot.com/2005/10/happy-hnt.html

ArtSparker said...

Hello -

Just linked you on my Tiny Theatre blog with the Cheerios Diver hope that is okay - let me know if not.

Mariah said...

Thos photos are fantastc, I'm digging the ice cream one

actonbell said...

LOL, great stuff!!

Vic said...

They DO have much better Lego people now - I'm so jealous.

These pictures are wonderful!

BrightenedBoy said...

These are so funny. I think it's nice to look at toys and food as some of the best things in life.

A life without good food wouldn't be a life at all.

Jules said...

That's hysterical! I'm going out to buy some "people" today!

Kylie w Warszawie said...

First thing - I have that exact Ikea coffee press.

And I love the photos!