Instagram, I love you but you’re bringing me down.

Instagram, I love you but you’re bringing me down. What happened to you? Ever since you changed your algorithm, you haven’t been the same. Continue reading Instagram, I love you but you’re bringing me down.

Welcome Brett Wilson!

On behalf of Boris, Vesa, Mike and myself, I want to officially welcome Brett Wilson to the Stuck in Plastic team!

Yes, I realize that’s a really weird statement to make since Brett has been writing a weekly post for the blog since April of this year. He has been one of many guest posters that have been gracious enough to share their knowledge, wisdom and experiences with this community. But in the last few months he has moved beyond being a very reliable guest poster to being a reliable and insightful member of our little group. Continue reading Welcome Brett Wilson!

Toys on Vacation (an excerpt)

As we’re preparing for our next article for Bricks Culture I thought I would share an excerpt from our last article about how to take your toys on vacation. If you would like to read the entire article and see all the photographs contributed by members of the Stuck in Plastic family, I encourage you to order a digital or print copy of issue #6. 

Toys on Vacation

Passport… toothbrush… mini figures. Photography collective Stuck in Plastic explains why you should make your LEGO mini figures part of your next getaway. Continue reading Toys on Vacation (an excerpt)

Our First Contest!

I’m so excited to be announcing our first LEGO toy photography contest!

As many of you know we have an ongoing relationship with the folks at Bricks Culture to write about toy photography and showcase the work of our amazing community. Our first article was a brief introduction to toy photography while our second article talked about the fun of taking toys on vacation with you. Our third article is on robots, a topic near and dear to all of us here at Stuck in Plastic.

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“Awake” by Mike Stimpson

For each of our articles we need to submit awesome photos… and this is where you come in. We want to see your amazing photos of robots; LEGO robots come in many shapes and sizes; they run the gamut from mechs to Wall-E, from original MOCs to mini figures. We want to feature as many amazing photographs from this community as we can. Continue reading Our First Contest!

Mea Culpa

mea cul·pa  (mā′ə ko͝ol′pə, kŭl′-, mē′ə)

An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.

Yesterday I was poking around the backend of the blog as I often do, cleaning out the spam subscribers, checking on comments, seeing what the views are on the latest post when I noticed a little yellow light next to the word “feedback”. Now I know enough about WordPress to know that a little yellow box usually means something needs to be attended to, so I checked it out.
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#StuckinPlastic, should you be using it?

Occasionally I’m asked by a fellow toy photographer if they can use the hashtag #stuckinplastic. My answer is always “yes!” But maybe I should take a moment to explain the uses of hashtags and what it means when you use ours to make sure that it’s right for you. Continue reading #StuckinPlastic, should you be using it?

Stuck in Plastic is two years old!

Stuck in Plastic is officially two years old!

Beginnings are always messy. – John Galsworthy

That’s the quote I used  two years ago as Boris and I were getting our feet wet and figuring out this new adventure we’d embarked on together. I think all beginnings are messy, working on this blog has been messy and certainly creating art is messy. In fact I think we can agree that life is messy. Continue reading Stuck in Plastic is two years old!

Bricks Culture – now available digitally

Did you know that Bricks Culture, the magazine dedicated to showcasing LEGO as an art form and not simply a child’s building toy, is now available in digital form?

This is great news for all of us adult fans who appreciate the variety of amazing art that is being created with LEGO but don’t want to pay international shipping fees. If you’re interested in reading about influential builders and creative individuals who are using LEGO to create art, you need to check out this magazine. I might suggest you start with Issue #1 since it features a lovely article on the first Stuck in Plastic exhibition. Another issue worth checking out is Issue #2 which has a nice interview with fellow lego photographer HarleyQuin.  In Issue #7 of Bricks Culture’s sister magazine Bricks, there’s a great interview with Avanaut about his book Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy which you won’t want to miss! Continue reading Bricks Culture – now available digitally

Best of 2015 Photo Challenge

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” – Ansel Adams

Just like Ansel Adams, we realize twelve good images a year is a tremendous accomplishment that should be celebrated. So last year we challenged our readers to come up with their own 12 best images, turn them into small photo books and exchange them with us. Everyone who participated was thrilled with the experience, especially Me2 and myself, and requested this to be an annual activity. Continue reading Best of 2015 Photo Challenge