As March heralds Australia’s autumn (What word do Americans use for ‘autumnal’?), it got me thinking about the seasons, and whether (no pun intended) they influence my photography. Am I a seasonal creature? Do the seasons dictate my toy photography?
Seasons in the ahh…bliss
We start the seasons on the first of the month. It’s a convenience thing. But summer tends to linger well into March here in Australia. We still have days worthy of trips to the beach, the wood fire remains motionless, and the evenings still have a summer balminess loitering in the air. Continue reading Seasons Reasons
The Stones vs. The Beatles. Star Wars vs. Star Trek. Family Guy vs. Simpsons. X-box vs. PlayStation. Sunrise vs. Sunset.
Personally, I like both The Stones and The Beatles, I’ve never seen Star Trek, both the Simpsons and Family Guy make me giggle and I’m not a gamer. But when it comes to sunrise vs. sunset, I definitely prefer sunrise when it comes to photographing toys! And here’s why…
Continue reading Sunrise vs. Sunset
The one thing you can predict is Sydney’s unpredictable weather!
Last weekend I flew from Melbourne to Sydney to see a band. As I was only there for less than 24 hours, I wasn’t planning on taking any toy photos. But then James went and wrote about taking toys with him on a business trip and I thought that if I didn’t, I’d regret it. The best laid plans of mice and
men humans often go awry!
So, after a rad gig on Friday night, and with a good 5 hours up my sleeve to explore the city before I had to get to the airport, I pulled apart the curtains in the hotel room, only to be greeted by grey skies and light rain falling. Continue reading The Best Laid Plans
I like to be inspired. I like to be challenged. So, inspired by posts by Father’s Figures and Jennifer, and challenged by Shelly during our last video chat, I’m putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers.
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed anything but LEGO. I scrolled back through my Instagram feed, and the last photo I’d posted was 10 months ago. Far too long!
Continue reading Putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers
Time wounds all heels
Sure, we’re all familiar with the anti-mimesis (WARNING: link may contain traces of Hannah Montana) philosophical position that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”, but what about when “life [l]imitates art”?
And sure, we’re all familiar with the fact that I like to make up words like “limitates”, but you get what I mean. Continue reading When Life [L] imitates Art
A challenge a day keeps the sickness away
This week I’ve been engrossed in “The Chronicles of Nausea”.
As you can imagine, when you’re captivated by such a literary chef-d’œuvre (don’t mention chef), your motivation, inspiration and appetite (literally) wane. Continue reading When in doubt, deadlines and challenges!
Ah, Sunday morning!
A chance to sleep in, perhaps? Maybe a lazy morning watching cartoons with the kids? Or a late, leisurely breakfast with the family?
Nup! The alarms goes off when it’s still dark outside. A quick coffee is gulped down before driving to my favourite local beach.
The morning chill nips at me as I unload plastic, camera, towel and other odds and ends from the car. The oddly spaced stairs leading down to the beach induce the familiar, awkward gait as I rush down before the sun cracks the horizon. The deserted beach ensures I don’t have to trek far to find unspoiled, footprint free sand. The unsullied sand is however deceptively sodden from the ebbing tide. There’s a frantic scramble to set up multiple shots, each adjacent to the next, in the hope of capturing the rising sun in multiple shots and angles, before it rises to high. LEGO is dusted, positioned, checked. LEGO falls. Muttered cursing fractures the cockcrow hush. LEGO is re-dusted, re-positioned, and re-checked.
And then I wait.
Continue reading The things we do
New Year’s resolutions? Shelly has chosen five words to define her new year. Kristina is planning a “52 project” for this year.
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. As someone who struggles to keep track of his age, what day of the week it is, even what year it is at times, I find it odd that people need a certain date to set their personal agendas and goals? Sure, I’m all for setting goals, but I don’t think I need a particular date in a calendar to do so? Continue reading That Pebble In My Shoe
Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for, until you’ve found it.
I’m sure we’ve all been there.
You set out to take a photograph with a clear idea in mind. It’s crystal clear. Just right.
Then, as you start to shoot, you discover something new. Your envisaged photo, albeit still wonderful, is overtaken by this newly discovered purpose. All that you’d hope for when you set out, is still there. A hope. A promise that will one day be honoured. Continue reading New Year’s Revelations
Sun, Sand and Plastic
If you’re reading this, I’m away on our annual camping trip down the coast with family and friends and Shelly has kindly hit the publish button. Thanks Shelly.
Summer’s here the rain has gone away
Summer’s here all thinking’s gone ’til May
Frenzal Rhomb – Summer’s Here
I’ve packed a container of plastic and am looking forward to our first camping trip shooting with a real camera, although, if the weather reports are true, I’ve been confined to tents playing endless games of Uno, Jenga and Guess Who. But if the weather clears, I’ll be packing plastic for every trek we take, be that beach, cliff tops or forest.
The desert sky before my eyes
Had burned into a sea
A flaming mass of oil and gas
And screams of ecstasy
Butthole Surfers – Dust Devil
Don’t forget the LEGO Batman Movie Minifigure giveaway we’re running while I’m away! I’ll be back with plenty of time to read through all the entries and work with the other Stuck In Plastic members to select a luck winner.
I can’t stand myself for just another day
I’m leaving in the morning, just to get away
Poison Idea – Just To Get Away
Happy New Year! – Brett