Why LEGO Photography?

The first LEGO I remember playing with was a dusty shoebox full of hand-me-down bricks that were colored either white or red. There was nothing as fancy as a hinge or even a plate in the mix. It was just classic 2 x 2 and 2 x 4 bricks, along with a few scattered 2 x 10 pieces that seemed massive by comparison. These LEGO bricks really were just bricks in the most humble sense of the word. I stirred the white and red pieces with my hand, creating the churning storm-like sound of plastic against plastic for the first time. Continue reading Why LEGO Photography?

The History of Toy Photography

The history of photographing toys is a long one, and often, we as a community seem to forget this. While each of us may be innovating within our field, we are far from the first or farthest reaching of our kind.


To begin…

Photography came into being in 1800, with the first known surviving photograph being from about 1826 (View from the Window at Le Gras). Paper, and then celluloid film began being manufactured in the 1880s. In 1900 the Kodak Brownie camera was invented, giving the power of photography to the masses. Continue reading The History of Toy Photography

Brian McCarty creates ultra cool toy photographs

Brian McCarty is the coolest toy photographer you probably haven’t heard of. Of course, maybe you have an eye for the amazing and you already know of his work. If not, let me introduce you.

Brian McCarty is the author of two books: Art-Toys and War-Toys. Both are full of inspiring photography but for very different reasons. Continue reading Brian McCarty creates ultra cool toy photographs

Photography is a Road Trip

I’m not one to share work-in-progress pics, preferring instead to focus on the final result. A side effect of this strategy is that people may assume photography is somewhat effortless for me. That’s simply not the case.
This is a comparison of my first test shot and the final photo for “Are you still there?” In between, there are 77 additional images. Continue reading Photography is a Road Trip

The One

The question of “The One” is a bit difficult for me because it requires that I look further into my past; more specifically, to the days before I’d properly rediscovered Lego.

In 2007, a colleague of mine badgered me to join Flickr and participate in photography challenges. I had a consumer-level digital camera at the time and only the vaguest interest in photography, but after a few weeks of his pestering, I acquiesced. The proverbial door was thus opened, and I stepped through it apprehensively. Continue reading The One

Chris Pratt is One of Us

We have one more reason to love Chris Pratt! He is legendary in the LEGO universe for not having just one LEGO mini figure made after a movie character, but three! They are Emmet from the LEGO movie, Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy and most recently Owen Grady from Jurassic World. Continue reading Chris Pratt is One of Us

@TheCourtous

Today’s Feature Friday is none other than @thecourtous; home of Brickland’s very own lego soap opera, lego Courtney and a large cast of real and fictional charectors. If you’re not familiar with Brickland, it is where various signature figs engage in skullduggery, intrigue and romance. More than a few disasters have befallen the inhabitants of Brickland, both man made and natural, and we are kept on the edge of our seats on a weekly basis.

Continue reading @TheCourtous

Chris Pirillo

One of the more memorable opportunities to come out of this whole experience of “In LEGO, We Connect” has been meeting and interacting with Chris Pirillo, a local and influential tech blogger here in Seattle. It seems Chris loves the LEGO mini figure as much as we do and was more than happy to meet us at the gallery for a personal tour. It seems Chris has been following Boris, Vesa and I for some time on Instagram and is one of our biggest fans.

When Kitty and I decided to reach out to Chris when we were setting up our PR plan, we had no idea we would be connecting with such a big fan and one so willing to help us spread the word about our work. Not only did Chris come to the gallery and interview all three of us, he put together this really incredible video; it is a wonderful snap shot of a moment in time. It is also a great glimpse of the work in the gallery and approximately four minutes from each of us trying to talk coherently about our work.

I hope you will give it a watch and learn a little bit more about the folks behind StuckinPlastic.

Thank you Chris for taking the time to make this awesome video and share it with your community. It is a real gift and we are forever in your debt.

~xxSJC

You can follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Instagram. 

 

Wikitoybox

Its hard to believe that the great Las Vegas Toy Photograper meet up is less than two weeks away! A small idea conceived amongst friends so many months ago is about to take place. Besides seeing old friends,  I am looking forward to meeting three long time Instagram friends. I have already talked about Captain Kaos and Krash_Override and today I want to introduce you to Ki Chen otherwise known as Wikitoybox. Ki is a breath of fresh air on Instagram. Not only does she take wonderful photos with her iPhone, she designs her own toys and is a positive voice within the toy community.

Ki has created her own line of resin toys around colorful poop. In a community dominated by guys I am sure you can image that these have been very popular. (I hear she will be bringing them with her to Vegas and I will have to pick up a few more.)

I Poop When I Steal by Ki Chen
I Poop When I Steal by Ki Chen

I am always impressed with what Ki can accomplish with her phone; she is a master of the photo edit. She knows when to use those specialty photography applications to benefit the overall image rather than overwhelm it.

I Swear it Wasn't Me! by Ki Chen
I Swear it Wasn’t Me! by Ki Chen

I find I am drawn to toy photographers that mix up their feeds with more than just Lego toys. There is so much happening in the collectable toy universe that it is fun to see what is new and has people excited.

Optimus Needs Help With the Level on Zelda by Ki Chen
Optimus Needs Help With the Level on Zelda by Ki Chen

Sometime you see a shot that is just plain beautiful on every level,  like this image of a dunny being painted by HO model railroad people. The lightening, sense of scale and short depth of field make this a really fantastic image; one of my favorites by Ki.

There’s Always Room for Improvement by Ki Chen

Of course it is not lost on me that Ki is one of the most respected members of the toy photography community. She is a wonderful photographer, dedicated toy designer and she commands the respect of her peers within the community through her gentle and kind nature.

Ki Chen is one of those amazing people who make the toy community a better place and I look forward to taking our online friendship to a new level.

~ xxsjc