On my first trip to France, in the late winter of 2001, I had the supposedly clever idea of bringing along one of my little wooden Dala horses (they’re all named Fargen), and taking pictures of it at and about the various landmarks of Paris and vicinity. The result would be a cheeky travelogue from the point of view of a three-inch tall scrap of Swedish folk art.
Apparently this wasn’t a very novel concept. The film Amelie, released the same year, has an entire subplot of the plucky heroine sending a small garden gnome around the globe for photo ops. Expedia.com had an ad campaign featuring a traveling gnome (which of course instantly makes the idea passï¿½).
Perhaps the geekiest iteration of this is at iPodLounge, which has a section dedicated to iPods Around the World. When a trip to England included a stop at Stonehenge, I hatched a scheme to take a very specific picture, requiring precise timing, which I think worked out quite well (considering the stinging rain and wind firing down on me).
In any case, I’ve uploaded a small album of Fï¿½rgen posing in Paris, Chartres and Amsterdam. Hopefully his adventures will continue in the near future. Enjoy.