Why?

Why?

  1. adverb

    for what reason, purpose, or cause?:
    “Tell me why are you’re here?”

  1. pronoun

    for or because of which:
    “There is no reason why he shouldn’t”.

  1. interjection

    an introductory expression of surprise, disagreement, indignation, etc.:
    “Why, don’t be so silly!”

Let me premise this by saying that I’m not a photographer. Heck, I don’t even own a real camera. I’m just a knucklehead with an iPhone!

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Quantity is Better than Quality

Recently Balakov talked about Inspiration and it struck a familiar cord with me. In fact I loved this quote from him:

I’ve found that the more photos I take, even if the ideas don’t work out in the end, get me into the groove of taking photos. ~ Balakov

All this talk abut inspiration and creativity reminded me of this classic passage from Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Continue reading Quantity is Better than Quality

The Color of Summer

The other day Avanaut wrote about getting in the mood for summer by bringing out everyones favorite adventurer, Indiana Jones, for a high speed photoshoot. For me, a particular color is more evocative of summer, than a specific mini figure.

For me, nothing says summer like the rich color of green. Continue reading The Color of Summer

A Big Weekend for Dinosaurs

Pretty heady news that Chris Pratt and his gang of dinosaurs dominated the box office this weekend. Jurassic World was number one in all 66 markets it debuted in and had the second best US opening in history. Its world wide gross of $511.8 billion was the largest global box office opening of all time

Not bad for a group of dinosaurs. Continue reading A Big Weekend for Dinosaurs

Mini Figure Customization

Yesterday’s post by ME2 on a new LEGO ideas set featuring everyones favorite young detective Tintin certainly struck a cord. I think we would all love a few mini figs from that beloved series of comics to fly to the moon, traverse the jungle or invade the Death Star. The photographic possibilities are certainly exciting.

But what if the set doesn’t get its required 10,000 votes of support? What if LEGO doesn’t approve the set? What if the HERGE Foundation doesn’t want to play ball with LEGO and approval a deal? There are so many hurdles to overcome before this idea becomes a reality. What to do in the mean time? Continue reading Mini Figure Customization

A Morning Well Spent

This past Saturday I had the absolute privilege to meet up with nine other local toy photographers and spend a very quick two hours running around Seward Park taking photographs of toys. This group was made up of people I admire, people who are my friends and people who I want to get to know better. It was a morning well spent. Continue reading A Morning Well Spent

The “Why?” Statement – guidelines

Recently I have been reaching out to photographers I admire and asking them to write for our “Why?” series. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but once these talented photographers start trying to express the obvious in words, they tend to get bogged down.

Today I thought I would try to explain why this statement is important and try to help bring some clarification to the process. Continue reading The “Why?” Statement – guidelines

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

PNW Toy Photographers Meet Up

In one week, on June 6th, we have planned the largest gathering of PNW Toy Photographers yet to assemble. We will be meeting at Seward Park at the Audubon Center, near the main entrance, and we want you to join us!

So far we have eight people (@Dinoczars, @Wiiman, @sunnymartini, @ThisBrick, @stephrcdore, @gwenji_,  @camrc_ and myself) have committed to coming out with toys and cameras in tow.  I know there are still a few people on the fence and I am hoping we can reach the magic number of ten. We have come along way since three strangers (@bricksailboat, @Dinoczars and myself) met in a Ballard pub over two years ago. I had no idea that this inauspicious beginning would grow into some of the most wonderful experiences I have had the privilege of participating in. These have included a stellar day on Mount Rainier, the incomparable Las Vegas Toy Safari and the Photo Walk that was part of the In Lego / We Connect week of festivities. Not to mention the numerous casual gatherings with BrickSailboat, Wiiman and Dinoczars as we have discovered various parks around Seattle.

When toy photographers gather in any numbers, good times are sure to follow.

So, if you are in the Seattle area I hope you will consider joining  in the fun; all ages, toys, and camera types are welcome. We will be gathering at 10:30 am for about two hours of toy photography fun.

If you decide to  join us, I promise you a morning of fun, friends and toys… lots of toys.

-xxSJC

If you live in Europe and are interested in joining Me2, Avanaut and myself in Stockholm on August 28th, then please check out our plans for another epic toy photographers meet-up

Everything is more fun with friends
Everything is more fun with friends

Choices

I would be lying to you and to myself if I said I took photographs only for the joy of it. Sure, at some point that was true, but it’s also true that in the last year that has all changed. As doors and opportunities have presented themselves I have made choices that have taken me down a path that has led to a certain amount of success.

Some of those choices I have been happy with, others, not so much.

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