Shooting Star [Wars]

Last week, I wrote about the #LEGOEaster photo contest. I talked about LEGO potentially finding you through the contest and maybe wanting to use your photos. This week, I was reminded of this happening when an email inviting me to participate in the LEGO Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND® again landed in my inbox.

One of the features of the LEGO Star Wars Days is a Fan Gallery, where LEGOLAND® host photographers from around the world that specialize in LEGO Star Wars. Participants are asked to send 6-8 photos that are shown alongside other LEGO photographers from around the world. At the end of the event, all the photos are raffled off to visitors. That’s cool! My photos might be hanging on the wall of a STAR Wars LEGO fan somewhere in the world. Continue reading Shooting Star [Wars]

The LEGO Group is Hosting an Easter Contest

Heads up faithful community! The LEGO Group is hosting an Easter contest – complete with prizes! Yup, they’re sponsoring a world wide photo contest and you’re invited to participate.

Ten lucky winners will be drawn at random from a flickr pool of images and awarded a “goodie bag with LEGO related Easter awesomeness and a medium sized LEGO set on top.” The deadline to enter the contest is April 16th. Continue reading The LEGO Group is Hosting an Easter Contest

San Francisco here I come!

As soon as the location and dates were set for the next US toy photographers meet up, I did not need anymore thinking. I booked my flights.
Why?
Well…
If you’ve ever been to a toy photographers meet-up, I have to tell you that it’s a great experience. It’s a 4 day, intense weekend, that you will spend with strangers. You will meet new people and people that you’ve been following for quite some time on social media.
To be honest, it’s a strange experience. Even though you’ve never met them before you immediately have the feeling that you’ve known them for ages. We’re all dedicated to our work and we put a lot of ourselves in our creations. As a consequence, pictures can really tell a lot about people. What we like, who we are,…

Continue reading San Francisco here I come!

Its Time to Register!

Woo hoo! Its time to register for the San Francisco Toy Photographers Safari! This event is happening in less than three months and I couldn’t be more excited! Your safari hosts, Dennis and Melissa Taylor and I, are finalizing our plans and we hope you are too!

If you’re not familiar with what a toy photographer’s safari is, simply put, it’s four days of camaraderie and friendship that revolves around the activity of taking photos of toys. Our last two meet-ups, Las Vegas in 2015 and Seattle in 2016, where a ton of fun and we expect this one to be just as awesome! Continue reading Its Time to Register!

Its Official! Meet us in San Francisco May 11-14th

Its official! The next big toy photographers safari will be held in San Francisco, California, May 11 -14th. This will be four days of fun, friends and toys. We’re proud to announce that this years event will be sponsored by Google! You don’t want to miss what’s shaping up to be an epic event!

I’ve been working with my co-hosts Dennis and Melissa Taylor all year exploring photographic locations and working out logistics. We’re now ready to announce our plans so you can start making your plans to join us.

Continue reading Its Official! Meet us in San Francisco May 11-14th

US Toy Photography Meet Up – 2017

@krash_override, @Lizzybelle9, and myself will be hosting the 2017 Stuck in Plastic US meet-up in San Francisco but we can’t decide on the best weekend. We’ve come up with three good possibilities and now it’s your turn to let us know which one works best for you.

Continue reading US Toy Photography Meet Up – 2017

Freed him from choice

The ultimate limitation

Last Sunday there was another Melbourne #brickstameet.

As I was packing Lego on the Saturday, with rain and hail pelting the roof, Shelly’s post about setting boundaries and limiting choices hovered over me. As every minifigures was placed in the container, her words “taking a less is more attitude” became louder. Continue reading Freed him from choice

aBC of Bricks

aBC of Bricks

A recap of the exhibition’s opening night

As John Williams’ Cantina Band started to play through the speakers, I twisted the top off  a well-earned beer, sinking back into the couch to take in the scene. All the dramas, hiccups and stresses subsided as I took in what we’d achieved.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

Christoffer’s (@east_mountain) triptych adorned the main wall opposite the entrance to the gallery; a fitting place for a wonderful piece.  As I sank into the couch below sipping my beer, with the bucket divided into three over me, we both looked out on the walls filled with photographs of LEGO; photos by Christoffer and I, our children and our two mates.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

Sarah from a Gallery in Preston laid out a table of her own LEGO for visitors to play with. People mingled, snapped bricks, reminisced, shared childhood memories of plastic and chatted.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

Sean (@theshortnews) and his wife Maria arrived bearing gifts. Something that didn’t surprise me coming from these two lovely people. What did surprise me was the flowers and chocolates (if you look carefully you can see them in the shot above) were from Shelly! Shelly, thank you! Sean and Maria, thank you! This was such a lovely gesture.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

I cannot thank Sarah enough for everything she did. Yes, that’s still her name, and yes, that’s her in the pineapple outfit.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

Around forty people walked through the gallery door; friends, familiar faces, familiar names, familiar usernames, new faces and new names.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

Little pink stickers below my kids’ and Christoffer’s kid’s photos brought on a sense of pride in me that is indescribable. Seeing their faces as they saw stickers placed below their photos by Sarah is something I’ll never forget. Those expressions didn’t dwindle, even as the pink stickers doubled, even tripled, in the case of one of their photos.

aBC of Bricks
aBC of Bricks

The night flew by in a blur.

I wish it didn’t.

I mentioned last post, that sometimes words fall short. This is again one of those times.

I wish I had the words to thank all the people who supported and encouraged me. I wish I had the words to thank everyone who attended opening night. If only I had the words to show my gratitude to Sarah for everything she did. I wish there were words to describe how good the jaffle and beer were we had at the bar across the road after the gallery closed.  And I wish I could find the words to thank Christoffer for sharing these gallery walls with me.

But I simply don’t.

-Brett

Hamburg – My first toy safari

Last May, when Shelly published an article about the Seattle toy safari, I noticed a little note in italic at the end of the article saying:

If you can’t make this meet-up maybe you can make our fall gathering. We’re currently exploring dates in late September for another European meet-up, this time in Hamburg Germany.

What?! The next European toy safari will take place in Hamburg?! I have to be there! Continue reading Hamburg – My first toy safari

Pins and Neatness

(low) hanging fruits (of our labour)

Sometimes, words fall short. Sometimes, they fail to sum up emotions. This is one of those times.

The lead up to the exhibition opening this weekend had drained me; both physically and mentally. In the weeks leading up, I’d poured so much into it, I had nothing left in the tank. I couldn’t muster the motivation to shoot LEGO for Instagram (even with new Rogue One sets built and begging to be photographed. I’ve struggled to find words for this blog. I even made to trip up to A Gallery In Preston with a cloud of disinterest and indifference hanging over me. Continue reading Pins and Neatness