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Faina Anatomical Doll with steam locomotive pulling into station

Steam train girl

We picked up speed and emerged into the countryside. New impressions crowded my head […]; farms, villages, crossings, streams, old houses, stone walls, manicured pastures, all were so different and wonderful. How neat everything appeared. Each quaint little train station had window boxes and pots full of flowers […] It was the countryside of Arthur and Camelot, Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest.

— from Fighter Pilot, the Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, describing a journey from Scotland to East Anglia in 1944 after arriving from training in P-38 fighters in the USA.

I used a ‘curtain backdrop’ (a print on fabric of a painting) rigged in the back garden to impart the illusion that she is standing on a railway station platform.

Faina Anatomical Doll in MVD outfit in 2013

Faina of the MVD in 2013

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2013

“Are you spying on us here in our mother country?”

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2013

“I have to make an official report.”

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2014

We used the New Forest as location for filming for a crew from Holland.

Anoushka and Faina in the New Forest, England, in December 2014

Anoushka and Faina in the New Forest, England, in December 2014

For the result of the New Forest outing and others at this time, see the award-winning documentary My Silicone Love on the web site of Sophie Dros. At the time of writing, Sophie’s Vimeo home page also contains a ‘trailer’ and a separate ‘teaser’ for the film.

The film crew from Holland set up the fireworks on the beach. They had the camera positioned to look out from behind Anoushka and me, sitting on the bench at the top of the 200 ft cliff looking out to sea, with a wide enough field of view to catch the exploding ordnance, they hoped. (Not a chance!) Given the wind direction and strength, they asked my opinion on where exactly along the beach they should launch the fireworks. I refrained from saying this has not a cat’s chance in hell of working, and I gave them my best estimate. (What the people in the houses immediately behind thought about the fireworks display at 22:00 on new year’s eve, I cannot imagine. Did they think our watches were all out of whack by two hours?)

Faina Anatomical Doll asleep in 2014


Faina’s eyes do not close. This is a separate head. It attaches to a steel pole with a screw in the back of her head.

Faina Anatomical Doll in made up costume of 'Old Russia'

Old Russia

And this is Faina in traditional costume of Old Russia. 😀

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2015

Filming for Japan television in 2015

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2016

“What’s in the fridge?”

Faina Anatomical Doll wind-blown close-up

“It’s freezing out here!”

I took this photo of Faina in an icy gale in December 2015 at Poole quay on the coast of Dorset, England, while filming for a television show in Japan.

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2015

Faina in a local restaurant

The restaurant scene was part of the same television shoot for Japan in 2015.

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2016

Faina and me in 2016

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2017

We have to talk.

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2017

New dress

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2017

“I don’t want to.”

Faina Anatomical Doll in 2018


Faina Anatomical Doll in August 2019

Conservatory in August 2019

Faina Anatomical Doll in November 2019

Niombre 2019

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Faina the ballerina

Faina as Siouxsie including Faina at the factory

Faina at the quay