Monday, January 31, 2011

Where in the world is Mr. Hunter? The answer: hula dancing edition

Where was Mr. Hunter when he felt the urge to sway his hips*?  
At the Hula Grill on Ka'anapali Beach, when he was visiting the island of Maui.

He looks pretty happy, doesn't he?

Ka'anapali Beach
Maui, Hawaii
August 2010

* not that Mr. Hunter actually has any hips to sway!

Where in the world is Mr. Hunter?

Mr. Hunter suspects that his general location might be easy to surmise.
He wonders if you can name the particular spot he was visiting when he got the urge to "sway this way."

See the answer here.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Disputed Objects: The Painted Plate

This painted wooden plate was the source of a custody battle!

Here are Erik and Molly, scuffling and having a tug of war over this valuable thrift store find.

Eventually, the plate went home with its rightful owner: Molly.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Flat Mr. Hunter and (technically) two countries

Flat Mr. Hunter takes in the view from atop St. Peter's Basilica.
Overlooking St. Peter's Square and Rome

St. Peter's Basilica
The Vatican
June 2006

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Flat Mr. Hunter dances on a volcano

First stop on Flat Mr. Hunter's Italian vacation: Sicily.  
Here he is with Steve, posing in front of the summit of Mt. Etna.

Sicily, Italy
June 2006

Introducing Steve's Flat Mr. Hunter

I made the second set of Flat Mr. Hunters for my brother Steve.  
(The first two versions came in full sets with various angles of Mr. H from which to choose.)

Below: Steve's Flat Mr. Hunter relaxes before his first trip ever: to Italy.  
The Sweet Dreams pillow is at an airport hotel.

June 2006

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dwarfed (but not slimed) by a gigantic pooch

On Main Street in Park City, Utah, there's a store called Love Your Pet
They sell special pet food, pet accessories, and even paintings and sculptures of dogs.
But the store is also home to several giant Newfoundland dogs.
Here's one sniffing Mr. Hunter now...

At one point some teenage boys came into the store.  Teenager-like, they were interested in the Newfies but also trying to play it cool, more unimpressed than engaged.  That is, until one of the dogs decided to shake itself and sent drool spraying all over the guys.  A total "I've been slimed" moment!  Then the boys laughed hysterically and at the same time let out a collective, "Ewwww!!"
Here they are reacting to the slime attack.  The dog who perpetrated the slime is just standing there looking ever so innocent.

And here's another photo of the Newfies, just to give you a sense of just how enormous they were.

Park City, Utah
May 2009

Monday, January 24, 2011

Where in the world is Mr. Hunter? The answer (Medieval times edition)

Where was Mr. Hunter when he posed in the window of a castle?

On the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) in Switzerland, 

The Chateau is the setting for Lord Byron's poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon."  
Here's what the mischievous Mark Twain wrote about the Chateau de Chillon in A Tramp Abroad.

outside Montreux, Switzerland
June 2007

Where in the world is Mr. Hunter?

Where do you think Mr. Hunter was when he posed for this photo?

See the answer here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Celebrities in the background: Mark Zuckerberg

I met my friend Molly for dinner recently.  When I showed up at the restaurant, I noticed Mark Zuckerberg sitting at a table in the front window.  

As tempting as it was to try for a Mr. Hunter picture with Mr. Facebook, I could not bring myself to interrupt his dinner.  So when Molly got there, she posed with Mr. Hunter, with Mr. Zuckerberg conveniently situated in the background.

Palo Alto, California
January 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

What are these toys called...?

Mr. Hunter met up with one of these "pinpoint impression" toys at a birthday party.

A pretty good likeness!
October 2004

Friday, January 21, 2011

Series: The Thinker

Krumbs channels The Thinker for this pose
September 2005

with the real deal at the Musée Rodin
Paris, France
May 2010

if Rodin had worked in LEGO...
Carlsbad, California
November 2008

Thursday, January 20, 2011

To be held by a statue: Dennis the Menace

There's a story about this statue of Dennis the Menace.  
A month after Mr. Hunter posed with him, the Dennis statue was stolen 
from the Monterey park where it lived!  

The city commissioned and installed a replica in 2007.

the Dennis the Menace Playground
El Estero Park
Monterey, California
September 2006

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

To be held by a statue: Jardin du Carrousel

The Maillol statues in the Jardin du Carrousel next to the Louvre have provided ample posing opportunities for Mr. H.

L'Air sculpture by Aristide Maillol
the Jardin du Carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries
Paris, France
June 2007

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Mr. Hunter tradition: to be held by a statue

Mr. Hunter thinks it's fun to be held by different statues he encounters.

He met this lady when he was visiting Lake Como.
Lenno, Italy
July 2008

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mr. Hunter has the ear of the Dark Lord of the Sith

Mr. Hunter was interested to hear that Legoland California is going to open 

Mr. H looks pretty satisfied on Darth Vader's shoulder!
Carlsbad, California
November 2008

Friday, January 14, 2011

Three Big Pieces of Art

Top: Reflets Verts, part of Monet's Les Nympheas series
Paris, France
May 2010

Middle: Strontium photo-mural by Gerhard Richter
San Francisco, California
May 2007

Bottom: painting by Eric Carle
Amherst, Massachusetts
September 2010

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mr. Hunter, Jr sizes up a baby frog

More travels with Allyson...

Allyson reports, "I was in the campsite bathroom and needed something to show scale -- and luckily MHJ was right there in my bag!"
Northern Territory, Australia
May 2006

Mr. Hunter, Jr ponders life among the sheep

A roadside stop with Allyson to check out the sheep.
South Island, New Zealand
March 2006

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mr. Hunter, Jr - Beachside in Fiji

More of Mr. Hunter, Jr's travels with Allyson...

Who doesn't love to relax in a hammock?

Tied to a tree...

Waya Island, Fiji
March 2006

Meet Mr. Hunter Jr. - the first flat Mr. Hunter!

The first Flat Mr. Hunter -- actually a set of flat Mr. Hunters -- was inspired by Allyson, one of the original Mr. H's most favorite people and a star of many a classic Mr. Hunter photograph.  

Allyson and her husband embarked on an around-the-world journey in 2006, and Mr. Hunter couldn't resist the chance to send some flat ambassadors along for the ride. 

First stop... Fiji!

 Mr. Hunter Jr. flies Air Fiji

Mr. Hunter Jr. by the sea
March 2006

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Making some Mr. Hunter-sized friends

Mr. Hunter felt at home beside this cabinet of little people, even if the "people" were all corkscrews.
Culinary Institute of America - Napa
St. Helena, California
May 2007