With Shelly’s away catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, taking photos of LEGO, taking about LEGO, and attending the LEGO House opening, I’ve decided to take a week off from posting. Shhh! Don’t tell her!
While the cat’s away, the mice will play…music!
While I’m here, I’ll just remind you that there’s a music themed challenge happening over at the G+ community.
Take the power of music and create images with your toys based on music! Utilize songs and lyrics that inspire you to create. Recreate your favourite singers and bands. Take your favourite instrumental piece and interpret in plastic. Turn your favourite figures into singers and rockers.
Be the maestro and orchestrate your masterpiece!
The image picked as the best of the month will win a special plastic prize and be featured as the community’s banner photo for the following month.
Whilst the G+ monthly challenges are nothing new, and the winner’s photo being featured on the communities’ banner the following month is the norm also, this is the first challenge that there is also a prize on offer. The first of many challenges with prizes on offer!
With over 300 posts on Instagram and Google+, our task to pick just one Ninjago Movie Minifigures Winner wasn’t easy. Shelly and I managed to narrow it down to three favourites each. After all, three’s the magic number, as Shelly pointed out!
Our most recent photo challenge in the Toy Photographers G+ Community is Lightness. We want to see how you can express a word with many meanings through your toy photography. Because the month is nearly half over; its time to get serious about the competition. For this reason I want to talk about the idea of Lightness and what it means to me. I believe a single word can inspire creativity.
Here are a few meanings for the word Lightness and my own interpretations:
the state or quality of being light in weight
Flying shots are a staple of many toy photographers. The ability to create the illusion of flight, motion, swinging is important if your toys fly through the air, either on wings or by the use of webs. Continue reading Lightness: A Photo Challenge
One of the reasons I don’t build a library of images is that I very rarely think that my images from yesterday are able to stand up to the test of time. I often think that I’m the best image-maker today. The image I do today has every chance to become just as I imagined it. A new day, with new opportunities …
Last week Shelly announced our new series: The Six Image Narrative. A new series? More like a new challenge! And a whole new process to come to grips with!
With Shelly’s announcement fresh in my mind I spent last weekend thinking and planning. I took her advice and looked back through past images, searching for the illusive “unconscious thread”. This search, together with Jennifer’s post about revisiting old images, surprisingly unearthed a series of photos that I’d completely forgotten about; photos taken before the move from iPhone, that told a story, that deserved reworking.Continue reading Six Degrees of Stimulation
Of all the photo challenges I’ve seen grace the Toy Photographers blog, none have given me as much trouble as the one for March: Fear. Here’s the challenge prompt given by AliceinCleveland over at our Google+ community:
For this month’s challenge, I’m asking if you will photograph your fears about your own toy photography with me. That’s it. Think about your fears about your art, and photograph them…
Challenges are a great way to push yourself in new directions, discover new skills and keep the creative juices flowing. Unless of course you’re me.
Earlier this month I posted a challenge to myself, and to anyone else in our community, to take on the task of exploring silhouettes in photography. The challenge also included a chance to practicing basic composition. This seemed simple enough and I started the month with the best of intentions. I’ve been wanting to experiment with silhouettes for a few months now and this was a good opportunity to turn intention into action.Continue reading Silhouette photo challenge follow-up
If there’s one thing that means as much to me (if not more to me) than LEGO, it’s movies.
It’s no surprise then that they’re one of my biggest influences as an artist and photographer. One look at my feed is all it takes to realize how much I love Star Wars, Back to the Future, or superhero movies, and as I mentioned in my previous “Why?” post, I have a lot of fun playing around with and creating my own stories within those pre-established universes.