Beyond the Valley of the Barbie Dolls

Barbie doll Photography & Collecting by David 'dj' Mansour

Thank you John Bode!  You're the best!

On April 12, 2016, I hiked up Cowles Mountain with an armful of Barbie dolls to take photos for a Barbie photography book I've titled Beyond the Valley of the Barbie Dolls.  At 1,591-feet, Cowles is the highest point in the city of San Diego.  My supportive partner John Bode tagged along and took photos of me taking photos of these seven Barbie and Ken dolls.  My biggest concern throughout this dusty, rugged photo shoot up a semi-desert mountain was a rattlesnake lurking under one of the rocky spots I stopped at to snap photos and of course, one of the Barbie dolls tumbling off a cliffside to the point of no return!  I share these photos not only because I believe they capture my off-beat creativity but particularly the Cowles Mountain photo shoot was a pivotal moment for me in creating Beyond the Valley of the Barbie Dolls.  That day gave me a vision of what I want the book and photographing Barbie dolls to become.