NOT CHILD’S PLAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL FOCUS -

ECU PhD can­di­date DeeDee Noon is on a mis­sion to learn about our most cher­ished toys and is look­ing for par­tic­i­pants of all ages to be pho­tographed and share their story for her re­search.

Fol­low­ing her first class hon­ours look into ‘pinki­fi­ca­tion’, pho­tograph­ing Perth women and their re­la­tion­ship to all things pink, Noon is con­tin­u­ing a sim­i­lar method­ol­ogy for her PhD, be­gin­ning the prac­ti­cal as­pect of run­ning a photo booth at Cen­tral In­sti­tute Gallery in Perth un­til March 24.

“My pho­to­graphic por­trait re­search aims to ex­plore the emo­tions that un­der­pin per­son-to-toy trans­ac­tions,” Noon said.

“The photo booth will help get ex­po­sure, so peo­ple can be pho­tographed and pos­si­bly de­velop into a case study.

“But first they need to email me, ideally with a toy selfie or photo of them with their toy as a kid.

“I’ll re­ply with a se­ries of ques­tions about the toy, so I have some­thing to an­a­lyse when it comes to the writ­ten part, then we’ll set up a por­trait ses­sion.”

Noon said pho­tos would be taken in the spirit of co-cre­ation with a play­ful ap­proach and sub­jects would be able to view them.

“I’m not out to ridicule peo­ple or any­thing like that, it’s just this lovely space to take pho­tos of th­ese things we love that res­onate back in some way,” she said.

DeeDee Noon

“I’m not af­ter col­lec­tors, I will cer­tainly en­gage with them, but they will have to nar­row it down to one toy.

“For me, the sit­ter is in charge of defin­ing what a toy is for them and it’s the re­la­tion­ship the per­son has with that ob­ject that I am in­ter­ested in, be­cause peo­ple use toys for iden­tity, in­ter­ests and as­pi­ra­tions.

“They are so proud to share this and that for me is the de­light­ful mo­ment.”

One of Noon’s first pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sions (pic­tured) was with Ta­nia Viso­se­vic and the ‘com­ing out’ of her big blue bear, Sideshow Ted.

For de­tails, email Noon at toypho­to­pro­ject@iinet.net. au.

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture:

One of DeeDee Noon’s first pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sions was with Ta­nia Viso­se­vic and her teddy bear Sideshow Ted.

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