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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bon Toyage

This is my last post… From Australia… For a few weeks! So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go ‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Leaving on a …

Magic and Madness

The Oregon Toy Photo Safari is weeks away and I’m brimming with excitement to meet new folks, catch up with returning attendees, take lots of toy photos, and raid other people’s toy boxes! I live in Portland, a couple hours inland from the Coast where the meet-up is based, so …

Humility in a Toy Box

Humility is a word often overlooked in toy photography. Or maybe it’s forgotten. But when acts of humility occur, it reawakens my faith in the strength of the toy photography community. humility /hjʊˈmɪlɪti/ noun – the quality of having a modest view of one’s importance – freedom from pride or …

32 Days Until Oregon

Whelp. My travel and lodgings are all arranged. I’m registered and inside the system. There’s no way to flake out now, is there? For me, even casually, photography is a really (much welcomed) lonesome activity. The thought of having to meet up and converse with real people fills me with …