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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Frank

I know I have mentioned this several times, but inspiration sometimes comes from the weirdest places. Recently I watched the movie “Frank” which tells the story of one aspiring band who is fronted by a man who never removes his papier-mâché head. Just the place to find treasures like:

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@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.

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“Yes” may not be the right answer

A few weeks ago there was a lot of buzz in the Instagram LEGO toy photography community because several members were asked by the “mother ship”  to use their photographs. I think it is great that LEGO is supporting their fans, but as a member of the creative class, it is prudent to ask a few questions before you say “Yes”. Continue reading “Yes” may not be the right answer

here’s where it all began

it was july 7, 2013. i was in a long line at the grocery store. it was a summer day and sunshine-starved danes (yes, we are often starved for sunshine in the middle of the summer in denmark) were piling their baskets with grillables and rosé and rushing towards the register, to get home before the sunshine left again. the line was long and there was no sign of them calling another cashier to open another register, so i was stuck. as i was waiting, i glanced to my left and there was a display of small, shiny, colorful bags of LEGO minifigures. prominently depicted on the package was a minifigure of a guy in a chicken suit. i had a brood of hens at home of which i was inordinately fond and i thought, “i’ve gotta have that chicken suit guy,” so i grabbed a couple (or three) bags and tossed them in my basket. Continue reading here’s where it all began

The Joy of Art

I enjoy receiving ArtNetNews every morning in my mailbox. I enjoy the articles on the comings and goings of the fine art world. I feel like  a voyeur to this rarefied world of museums, galleries and million dollar art sales. It is a world I will never be a part of and I am just fine with that. The following headline reinforced this opinion:

Okwui Enwezor’s 56th Venice Biennale Is Morose, Joyless, and Ugly

Continue reading The Joy of Art