McCheney Mouse Club © Ryan Roberts Photography
My photographer pal, Ryan Roberts [interviewed] is back with several scathing new toy photographs. If you glance only quickly at these colorful, pop art pictures, you might think something like, “oh, that looks whimsical”. But let your eyes linger, and you’ll notice the word “Haliburton” on a grandfather clock or a little old Avon lady snorting blow. Welcome to Toys Behaving Badly, and Roberts’ documentation of the renegade vinyl is currently on sale at Fab.com.
"I Repeat Not Gold" © Ryan Roberts Photography
There’s always been a dark undercurrent to Roberts’ photos: Homer Simpson binging or a couple of cartoon counts on a murder spree, for instance. This latest batch, however, seems like it has an extra dash of nihilism. I asked him why. Here’s his response:
The madness consuming the world has infiltrated my creative consciousness. If one dares dig even an inch below the surface of what we’re being fed in the media and what’s being covered up all around us, let alone what we are seeing in the news, they would find a world ripe with contradiction, evil, and mass seduction of consumerism and entertainment. This keeps people plenty content not to seek out any real truth behind this so-called, self imposed, dark madness.
Oh snap. You go girl.
Avon Nights © Ryan Roberts Photography
Look at all the tiny stuff in this picture, all arranged just perfectly so! Roberts’ continues:
I tend to enjoy most of the conspiracy theories and off beat stories the news doesn’t report. I believe in Bigfoot and search the Nashville sky for UFOs every night I leave my studio. I love ninjas and hate spiders. I fart a lot. And it all comes oozing out into my art. There’s always been a dark subject matter in my work from the beginning. It was just rendered in rainbows and neon.
Roberts’ suggested that “with 2012 and the end of the world/Zombie Apocalypse coming, why not be even bolder with my humor?” Why not indeed? See the rest of his latest work, and save on prints and 2012 toy photo calendars [now only $22!] for the next couple days on Fab.com!
Strangers on a Train © Ryan Roberts Photography