I used to kill Ken in the mornings, then I discovered Marmite... by Sniperphotog

I used to kill Ken in the mornings, then I discovered Marmite... by 

…now I just do it for fun.

This is dedicated to all my Brit friends ( ok Aussies, you too, even though I still maintain Vegemite tastes different!) who truly appreciate the glory that is Marmite.

I had really looked forward to doing this one, I couldn’t wait until my little mini bottle of Marmite arrived… spent most of my weekend doing this, but halfway through the enthusiasm was dampened a bit by this arrogant little troll who hides behind the name ‘Farce’ and who’s taken it upon himself (herself, itself) to personally attack me under the guise of questioning the originality of my work in this forum –

I’ve never claimed that I’m the first person to murder Barbies for ‘arts’ sake.. because I know I’m not – but I’m still pretty proud of what I do and the way that everything comes out, because I think that it is rather different and unique. But according to this …person… I am “arrogant, diluted and self-absorbed” along with “FAIL! Die Barbie Forever! Go Back to sleep Mariel like a heifer to the slaughter.”

Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother with this type of person – and I know I shouldn’t, because there are so many of you out there who have told me how you enjoy what I do ( thank you very much ) that the vituperative abuse of one sad person really shouldn’t get to me, but it does. More for the personal attack than anything else.
I’ve received hate-mail before, but there is something different about this, something more malicious, but I can’t quit put my finger on it.
Am I being overly sensitive? I don’t know – but one thing is for sure, if this piece of work thinks ( I use the term loosely ) I will stop what I’m creating, or beg forgiveness from anyone else who has ever decapitated a Barbie doll, then he thinks wrong.
I think it stings more than anything to be told you’re not original – and though I know the use of Barbies, macabre or otherwise is not, I think the way I do it is – but maybe it’s too subtle for him to see.


barbie, ken, marmite, kitchen, bagel, behead


  • jason21
    jason21about 3 years ago

    Brilliant as always. Keep up the good work.

  • Thank you!

    – Sniperphotog

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 3 years ago

    Each person who creates is original. Those who are not, do not, and can raise themselves only through disrespect of the creator artists. The image I saw was rather poorly lit, yours are expertly lighted. Ignore the insects. They will return to their home under the rocks…
    Your work is great, and original, or better than original. :)

  • Thank you Dick, I really appreciate that – I guess this sort of thing just knocks you back for a second, and then the doubt sets in.
    Hopefully their rock is beckoning!
    Thanks again ;)

    – Sniperphotog

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 3 years ago

    please don’t doubt the humor and integrity of your your work…I suspect the evil green giant jealousy is looming behind the nasty comments and some people just don’t have the ability, humor or the social skills to deal with it…you are obviously smart enough to know all this any way…PS vegemite is truly delicious!

  • Thank you :)
    Vegemite is good too – but there’s something about Marmite that puts it over the edge… I don’t know what it is.
    I went travelling with some Australian friends who brought a tube of Vegemite with them and took a picture of it in every country… tube was empty after a day…

    – Sniperphotog

  • ptollemy
    ptollemyabout 3 years ago

    I agree with WoolleyWorld; Trolls are motivated by jealousy and the need to put people down to build themselves up. [I’ve been the victim of Troll attacks myself on othersites.]

    So what if you are not the first person to ever shot Ken and Barbie – but you are the only person with your own unique vision, so please keep doing what you do so brilliantly. :)

  • Thanks Morgana – I’m still getting used to the idea that there are people out there who have nothing better to do than hate on others. ( says the person who beats on Ken once a week ) – pity that the trolls just keep on coming, sorry to hear it happened to you too.
    Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it!

    – Sniperphotog

  • Di Dowsett
    Di Dowsettabout 3 years ago

    i hate trolls!!! to be fair i dont think ive ever seen anything quite like you work and its awesome! how many photographers take pictures of flowers, children etc…would your troll tell them they are unoriginal? who knows what motivates a troll but they are not worth the energy thinking about…….especially when the work you are producing is fabulous!!!!!

  • Thank you Di!

    – Sniperphotog

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldabout 3 years ago

    Tell em to get a barbie up em ;D x

  • I’d love for Life to imitate Art… but I’m sure there’s some kind of law against it ;)

    – Sniperphotog

  • MikeShort
    MikeShortabout 3 years ago

    Farce is an arse

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowabout 3 years ago

    HA HA HA!

  • NicoleClifton
    NicoleCliftonabout 3 years ago

    You know you are doing something great with your work when you can stir up angry emotions in a total stranger. Keep up the greatness!

  • richman
    richmanalmost 3 years ago

    heheheheheh!!! i adore the title – fantastic and original bravo

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