Connecting more than plastic bricks

Brickstameet

It’s brickstameet time again! And this time, we’re connecting more than just plastic bricks and taking photos of them. We’re connecting with our friend from across the ditch.

This Melbourne #brickstameet will have an international flavour. Well, maybe a “pineapple lumps” flavour from across the Tasman Sea?

We’re excited to have @harleyquin from New Zealand join us in Melbourne as we wander the streets shooting LEGO.

brickstameet
“I’m here to take choice photos bro!”

Shelly wrote, “My personal goal of these events is to put the ‘social’ back in social media”, in her post about the San Francisco Toy Photographers meet-up. I bloody love this goal of Shelly’s. I think we should all strive to put the social back into social media.

Putting the meet into brickstameet

LEGO and toy photography meet-ups are so much more than LEGO and toy photography meet-ups. They’re an opportunity to physically connect with peers. They’re a chance to chat with friends made through shared passions and pastimes. It’s an occasion to talk, share, learn, teach and laugh.

You are awake my child
The storm is real
Summon all the souls
The world is real
Beastwars – Shadow King

This will be the 5th brickstameet since they started in 2015: Federation Square, Hosier Lane and Melbourne’s laneways, Botanical Gardens, Brickvention, and now Docklands and Southbank. Each meet-up sees familiar and new faces, kids with their parents in tow and friends with their kids in tow.

By the 3rd meet-up, I’d pretty much put my camera away and focussed on chatting, catching up with previous attendees, meeting new LEGO photographers, and helping out with setting up photos.

Like every brickstameet, this one will be no different in that I’ll agonise over toy choices. And like the previous couple, these choices might not see the light of day. But just because they won’t be used as fodder, it doesn’t mean they won’t be present for a great day.

-Brett

If you’re in Melbourne on the 24th of June, or if you can make it to Melbourne like CJ, we’d love to socialise with you. We might even squeeze in some toy photography! All the details can be found here.

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While The Cat’s Away

While the cat’s away, the mice will play. That’s what they say. Well, that’s what Bernie Horowitz says anyway!

toy safari: Gary Larson
“You, Bernie Horowitz? …So YOU’RE the ‘they’ in ‘that’s what they say’?” – Gary Larson

Toy Safari Blues

This past week, Shelly’s been off, gallivanting around in San Francisco at the Toy Photo Safari. And while she’s been away having an amazing time, I’ve been stuck here, keeping the home fires burning, slaving over a hot computer, looking after you kids!! Continue reading While The Cat’s Away

Growing little worlds

A strolling Brett gathers mo moss

“Growing little worlds” sounds like a cheesy song title, but it’s a way to create little living habitats for toys to roam.

I was intrigued to see Luigi’s ‘Killer Score’ and ‘The Are Not The Droids’ setups, in particular the scale, or lack of, that he utilised to create these shots.

It was interesting to read Shelly’s post on the outdoors being studios. I especially liked reading that Kristina had shown Shelly that you ‘can do a lot with very little’. Continue reading Growing little worlds

Home is where the art is

Ah, Easter on the Surfcoast of Australia! The Rip Curl Pro (third event on the World Surf League World Tour) at Bells Beach, the last week of the school holidays with holidaymakers enjoying the lingering summer warmth, crowds, gridlocked roads, jammed supermarket aisles, logjams at normally quiet cafes spilling onto footpaths, and the queues at the local bottleshops evoking panic that they might be sold out of beer! In our case, Easter denotes the tradition of stocking the cupboards and fridge, hunkering down and never leaving home; just like an Easter zombie apocalypse! Continue reading Home is where the art is

Series 17 Review

As promised a few days back, here is my Collectable Minifigures Series 17 review…

Professional Surfer

OK, I can hear the moans. “Not another surfer?” Sure, we haven’t had one since the Series 4 Surfer Girl, and before her the Series 2 Surfer, but I get it. There’s nothing spectacular about this figure. He’s a Professional Surfer, and comparing him to a regular Surfer from Series 2, I guess a wet-suit makes you  a professional? Speaking of the wet-suit, the print is similar to the ‘Coast Guard City’ Surfer, but with printed arms.

Series 17 Review: Professional Surfer
Surfs up dude!

The surfboard ‘shark’ design is pretty rad though! I’ve already planned shots with the Series 15 Shark Suit Guy and this board. It looks like it was custom designed for that Minifigure.

Gnarly dude! Continue reading Series 17 Review

The Series 17 Minifigures arrive!

Monday morning. Eurgghhh! Sitting in front of my computer wading through a mountain of missed emails after a long weekend away.

“PING!”

“Oh great, another email!”

Hang on! This one’s from the mail room. There’s a package for me to collect from the parcel collection lockers? I don’t remember ordering any toys recently? Has drunk Brett been buying sober Brett surprises again?

No, it’s a package from LEGO!! It’s a package containing the upcoming Series 17 Collectable Minifigures! Continue reading The Series 17 Minifigures arrive!

Seasons Reasons

As March heralds Australia’s autumn (What word do Americans use for ‘autumnal’?), it got me thinking about the seasons, and whether (no pun intended) they influence my photography. Am I a seasonal creature? Do the seasons dictate my toy photography?

Seasons in the ahh…bliss

We start the seasons on the first of the month. It’s a convenience thing. But summer tends to linger well into March here in Australia. We still have days worthy of trips to the beach, the wood fire remains motionless, and the evenings still have a summer balminess loitering in the air. Continue reading Seasons Reasons

Sunrise vs. Sunset

The Stones vs. The Beatles. Star Wars vs. Star Trek. Family Guy vs. Simpsons. X-box vs. PlayStation. Sunrise vs. Sunset.

Personally, I like both The Stones and The Beatles, I’ve never seen Star Trek, both the Simpsons and Family Guy make me giggle and I’m not a gamer. But when it comes to sunrise vs. sunset, I definitely prefer sunrise when it comes to photographing toys! And here’s why…
Continue reading Sunrise vs. Sunset

The Best Laid Plans

The one thing you can predict is Sydney’s unpredictable weather!

Last weekend I flew from Melbourne to Sydney to see a band. As I was only there for less than 24 hours, I wasn’t planning on taking any toy photos. But then James went and wrote about taking toys with him on a business trip and I thought that if I didn’t, I’d regret it. The best laid plans of mice and men humans often go awry!

So, after a rad gig on Friday night, and with a good 5 hours up my sleeve to explore the city before I had to get to the airport, I pulled apart the curtains in the hotel room, only to be greeted by grey skies and light rain falling. Continue reading The Best Laid Plans

Putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers

I like to be inspired. I like to be challenged. So, inspired by posts by Father’s Figures and Jennifer,  and challenged by Shelly during our last video chat, I’m putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers.

It’s been a while since I’ve photographed anything but LEGO. I scrolled back through my Instagram feed, and the last photo I’d posted was 10 months ago. Far too long!
Continue reading Putting toy photography back into Toy Photographers