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On this week’s podcast episode, James interviews Canadian LEGO photographer BlvdBricks!

In Paris with friends

I’ve just got in from the Stuck in Plastic European toy safari – this year held in the city of Paris. I’m beyond exhausted. I’m a little broken. My mind is mush. My feet are sore. But five nights with my toy photography friends has restored me in ways that …

#WithToysinMind

Mental health and wellbeing is something that has touched everyone in one form or another. According to the UK National Health Service, 1 in 6 people experience common mental health issues such as anxiety or depression in any given week.* I’ve suffered with both depression and anxiety since I was …

A Full Frame Camera for US$200?

Have you wished for a full frame digital camera, but the budget will not allow the hefty price tag? Well, I may have solution for you: it is possible to get a secondhand full frame DSLR for US$200, true story. I bought a 2007 manufactured Canon 5D online for the Australian …

Go Brick Me!

Have you seen the new BrickHeadz set by LEGO called Go Brick Me! (#41597)?  This is a fun set that will allow you to create two custom BrickHeadz that you can make look like you; sort of a BrickHeadz mini-me. Brett and I thought that this set would be a …

Meet-ups galore!

We’ve been going on for months about toy safaris, in particular the one just gone in Oregon, but also the one I’m beginning to arrange for the autumn in the UK (see the end of this post for more details!) This week however (as of about 3 hours ago, if …

Smorgasporg

In my last post I wrote about marvelling at the articulated toys gang and their elaborate and precise posing of their toys at the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. But a couple of toys with zero points of articulation won my heart and are currently my favourite toy photography subjects. I …

Brickstameet London

This past weekend there was a meet-up in London, a Brickstameet, hosted by The Courteous and cheepjokes who was visiting from Australia. It was a mash up with @igerslondon, who tend to do photowalks around London (and not ones normally involving toys)! I wasn’t going to go, but last minute …

Caption this!

“Caption this!” is without a doubt the most successful competition in our G+ community to date. Imagine an entire month where the photographers ask the viewers to caption their images. An entire month of oneupmanship from some of the funniest and clever folks I know! Thanks to the brilliant mind of …

Downtime

The instant that little NO SERVICE materialized at the top of my phone as Dave and I rolled into that deceptively picturesque beach town in Oregon, I was like, Oh fuck.  I’ve made a huge mistake. How will I yelp the best gelato? Compare brunch menus?? Sniff out where the …

Attic Raiding – Legacy Lenses

Depending on your age, you, or your Dad/Mum/Uncle/Auntie/Pa/Granny/etc may have some optical treasures lurking in an old trunk in the attic. Or maybe they are in that closet that threatens to engulf you with old boxes when you open the door. You may be a thrift shop devotee that spies …

Lensball

I took a new toy with me to the #ORToyPhotoSafari. And no it wasn’t an actual toy, it was a Lensball.  Papajov first introduced me to this lo-fi way of creating unique toy photography at last years meet-up in San Francisco. This year I wanted to get a little more …