Saturday, February 07, 2009

Escape from Dead Doll Island


As promised, I told you I would post a video of my little adventure....so here it is using my best Anderson Cooper impersonation...I even grayed my hair for the occasion.
Part One
Journey to the Center of Dead Doll Island
Filmed in Rust-O-Rama

video

and now
Part Two
Escape From Dead Doll Island
aka
The Trees Have Eyes And They Are Made Of Plastic

video

I think I mentioned that I couldn't post all my photos since some of them are being used in my Mexico book but if you want to see more from this trip, take a peek at the photos that my travel partner Stacey took: http://arcangeloproductions.blogspot.com/

Some photos Stacey took were from her toy "Holga" camera, which creates very random unusual effects...this is a plastic blue, yellow and pink device that matched the color of our Mexican gondola.See what I mean...camera and boat match.
...as I said check out Stacey's blog...she'll be adding more entries soon...after all she took twenty million photographs. I only took 2 million.

17 comments:

glimmering prize said...

so cool!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Thank you for sharing Michael. I really enjoyed the trip to doll island! Loved the story, the dolls, the ride down the "river". Makes me want to get one of my doll heads out and grundge it up and maybe hang it out in the garage awhile! HA

Amy said...

Much better than Tony Bourdains visit. Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

PBS is next Michael. You're a natural. Wonderful surreal journey. Yay for the videos! Yay for online workshops! Muchas gracias! Going to find dolls to barbeque...

rob said...

I could imagine you on the travel channel...Demeng's Strange Places Around the World.......scene of the next Friday the 13th film.....

Stace and Rob said...

This is unbelievable!!! You need your own show! stace-

JonesMoore said...

OK Michael, morbidly creepy, yet fascinating and beautiful. Thank you for sharing the experience...now I must go there. Think you will ever do a workshop in that vicinity of Mexico?

JudySheaRT said...

Wow.. Well, that definitely is not the "island of misfit toys" that I remember from the movie. Quite amazing.. I have some interesting mixed emotions about it. Thank you for sharing that. I agree with some of the others, you could definitely have your own travel show. "Art and Travel with....."

BoneFolder said...

Ha -- I was going to comment about how freaky and amazing this would be at night but that was the very last thing you said. Thanks for posting this, I must see it with my eyes, and my camera eye.

Mike Jennings

HeArt Collective said...

what a great combination of freaky and cool. there has always been SOMETHING about dolls that is so intriguing and creepy... LOVE the new video logging aspect!

xoxo
jul

Anonymous said...

What a perfect place for you - it must have been a bit like coming home for Christmas! The la Llorona is a legend I am so familiar with growing up in Santa Fe. As children we learned that she walked the arroyos at night searching for her dead child. We spend alot of time scaring ourselves with our imaginations - or was it JUST imagination?

Christine said...

Michael! You need to come to Detroit and visit the Heidelberg Project. Google it or look it up on Flickr. It will blow your mind! The dead doll island reminded me of Heidelberg street. The entire block is a living assemblage. Entire houses, a boat, (once a schoolbus), the trees to the very tops are giant assemblages. We would love to have you here!

Chris said...

You don't know me, but I'm your stalker. And I am afraid of dolls. NOw, I realize I'm not the only person afraid of dolls or who's had nightmares about dolls, or who actually dresses up like a doll and plays barbies with the girl up the street occasionally. But I shouldn't have mentioned that. Basically, what I wanted to say is that this video thing is challenging! And it's so COOL that you would go to the trouble of filming for us! And showing every doll in detail! The whole mob of them. How they are hanging and waiting. The stories written upon their little plastic, rubbery, puffy extremities and everything. I mean, thanks. Thanks. Yes, that's what I mean to say.

Lying down now, with all the lights on.

Karen Cole said...

drool, drool, drool......

Joy and Kathryn said...

creepy cool....
Joy

gary warren niebuhr said...

I thought that was going to be kind of funny in a weird way but instead I feel really sad. That must be the power of this art, if you call it that. You called it "somber," and I agree. This film may change the way I approach my demented toys when we work on this in August. I am going to watch it one more time before the class in order to be in the proper mood.

The other thing is I know I would like to visit this island with my camera. I cannot begin to image the images that I could make.

Wow, thanks for the journey.

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