I’m a Seeker

Big surprise, I’m a seeker.

Yesterday I sat down and performed the exercise “Ideas into Pictures” that I proposed last month.  It was a wonderful 35 minute stream of consciousness writing experience, followed by another hour of brainstorming related action words.

I wasn’t surprise to see that my four pages of nearly illegible handwriting was dominated by a steady list of questions. I’m continually pondering those existential questions that rarely have answers. You know the ones I mean: Why am I alive? Who am I? What is my place in the world? How do I find meaning? What is truth? What will my legacy be? Continue reading I’m a Seeker

Stuck in another photographers work

In moments when I’m in search for inspiration, I usually spend some time looking through various photo books, websites or just end up on Instagram or Flickr. Often I get stuck in a particular photographers work, and in the best cases, this exercise makes me end up in an imagery world of my own, but sometimes it just becomes an exercise in procrastination. Continue reading Stuck in another photographers work

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

Fun at the Park

The internet has been a buzz with news of The LEGO Group’s upcoming new sets, including set #60134 – Fun at the Park. This is a great little set, perfect for us toy photographers because it includes more than 10 mini figures, and a few accessories we haven’t seen before like a hot dog bun and a baby stroller. Continue reading Fun at the Park

Censorship

Censorship: official restriction of any expression believed to threaten the political, social, or moral order.
Encyclopedia.Com

A few weeks back I wrote a piece on violence in toy photography which caused a bit of a stir in our community. I was pleased by how respectful everyone was in dealing with this difficult subject . Although I was hurt that several people accused me of advocating censorship or at the very least, self censorship. Continue reading Censorship

Magnuson Park

Do you have a little secret spot that you like to go back to over and over again to shoot your Lego mini figures? You know, that one place you enjoy shooting no matter what the weather is like. We’re not all as lucky as Me2 and are able to travel with our little muses on a regular basis. Personally, I’m more home bound than I’d like to admit.  But that doesn’t stop me from taking my little subjects out on frequent excursions to my special place, Magnuson Park. No matter how many times I return, the park reveals new secrets to me. Continue reading Magnuson Park

You’re invited to Seattle!

You’re invited to Seattle to attend the next epic toy photography meet-up from May 20-23! My good friend Jon (Dinoczars) and I will be hosting our second US Stuck in Plastic meet-up because like my favorite philosopher said:

“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

When I posted last fall asking for input to help choose between Chicago and Seattle for our next meet-up, it seemed that Chicago would be the winner. But when I factored in those who had changed their mind or those who were flexible , there was no clear winner, so I have decided to go with what I know. I would be pleased if you would join me and my co-host Jon, in Seattle from May 20-23, for a weekend filled with toy photography and related silliness.  Continue reading You’re invited to Seattle!