By every measure possible, the #SeattleToyPhotoSafari was a success; thirty toy photographers, four days, one beautiful city and hundreds of toy photographs were taken. As one of the hosts of the weekend, it was everything I could have dreamed of, and so much more. Continue reading The #SeattleToyPhotoSafari was a success
Any discussion of style is invariably a discussion about influences, and how those influences have played into my own work. And for me, those influences are Mike (Balakov) and Vesa (Avanaut). Continue reading Style, Influence and Storytelling
It is hard for me to believe that in less than two weeks I board a plane for Germany to begin a two week adventure that is way outside my comfort zone. An idea created earlier this year to gather like mined European toy photographers together to share ideas, shoot together and create some amazing memories is just around the corner. Continue reading Just Around The Corner
I have been an active participant in the online toy photography community for three years and I almost always feel like a square peg in a round hole, I simply don’t fit in. This feeling has been growing the last few months to the point where I want to chuck the whole thing and run in a more appropriate direction.
You’re probably scratching your head and wondering how could this be? Let me outline exactly how I don’t fit into this amazing group of people.
First, there is my age. Continue reading Square Peg in Round Hole
I have been taking a trip down memory lane on twitter and posting blog entries from a year ago. I ran across one from last March where we asked if anyone wanted to join us and the silence was defining. But that didn’t stop Me2 and myself.
We have grown our community one blog post and one amazing photographer at a time.
It was a very long time ago when I bought my tickets to the upcoming Emerald City Comicon that is schedule to begin March 27th. I can’t believe that three days of geeky goodness in the heart of downtown Seattle with 70,000 of my closest friends is just around the corner!
Last year I went with my toy buddies Dinoczar, Wiiman and Bricksailboat. Although this year our numbers have diminished (it will just be Wiiman, my son and I), I think we will still manage to have fun.
Amongst all the cosplay, celebrity sitings, gaming, panel discussions and merchandise there is a little area called Brick Nation. Needless to say this is where I go to get my mid year BrickCon fix. (In fact one of the vendors I bought from last year reached out to me recently to see if I was coming again this year. GIBrick I’ll be looking for you!) I will be searching for classic LEGO mini figures as well as unique customs and accessories from all of the vendors. You just never know what you will find at an event like this. Maybe I can finally build that Tauntaun / CHIMA army I have been dreaming of.
I also enjoy seeing the amazing LEGO builds that will be on display. Since this LEGO event is smaller than the larger BrickCon in October, it is more manageable and actually easier to see the builds which are always inspiring.
This year I plan to spend more time in the merchandise area to see what other artists are creating and selling. I think it will be an educational experience for me since this could be one of the many paths I may want to pursue. I will also be on the look out for cool custom figures. I find the idea of custom limited addition toys to be fascinating and love to see what toy artists are up to.
So if you see me hanging around Brick Nation, say: “Hi”. If you are going to be at Comicon and want to meet up, just drop me a note; I love to meet new people. If you want to really be adventurous you can always take a side trip to catch the amazing LEGO photography show in person at the Bryan Ohno gallery. Just hop the number 14 bus to the International District or grab a cab and you will be there in no time.
Either way I hope you have a great time at ECCC, I know Wiiman, Noah and I will.
Do you enjoy going to your local comicon? If so, what do you look forward to the most?
We have talked much about the photographers behind the LEGO photography show In LEGO, We Connect, but we have not mentioned the man who has made it all possible: Bryan Ohno of the Bryan Ohno Gallery. I would like to take a moment to talk about what led to this partnership as well as to thank him for his own leap of faith.
Bryan and I go way back to a time when I was creating beautiful sensual underwater figurative photography. We had worked together for a few years in the early 2000’s; which seems a life time ago. When Bryan contacted me in the summer of 2013 to ask me to show my work in an upcoming show on sensuality, I was both surprised and pleased to rekindle our friendship. I had to explain to him that my energies had moved away from figurative work and I had discovered a new passion – toy photography. Although I decided to participate in the Get Naked show, I knew that I ultimately wanted to show my LEGO photography in his gallery. I would just have to prove to him it was worthy of his time.
I really like Bryan’s motto: “to feature works that blur the line between art and science, challenge art traditions, and embrace evolving cultural intersections.” I really feel strongly that what Me2, Avanaut and I create with LEGO falls squarely under this philosophy. It really felt like a perfect match of gallerist and artists.
If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Bryan he is full of boundless energy. He is quick to smile, easy to interact with and makes the whole process of collecting art fun and never intimidating. I have spent many an afternoon engaged in spirited discussion with Bryan about whoever he is currently showing. My favorite was his recent showing of Yumiko Glover. I am still pondering her work and its multiple meanings.
When I presented my idea of a group show of only Lego toy photographers back in the summer of 2014, Bryan will be the first to say it was my passion for this project that piqued his interest. Over the course of a few months we had several conversations regarding the state of photography, Lego, and talked about calendar placement. I did my best to educate him on everything I knew about toy photography, Instagram and the amazing Lego community that I am a part of. By the fall of 2014 we knew when the show would open and who our major players would be. (Trust me when I say I had to take my own leap of faith when I approached Avanaut to participate.)
I tell you all this because this show is a true partnership of artists / curator and now collectors. Me2, Avanaut and I would love to have the opportunity to do this again both at Bryan’s charming gallery, or some other gallery in this big wide world. But to do that, we have to show that there is an audience for our work.
If you get a chance to check out the gallery and the show in person, be sure and take a few moments to get to know Bryan. Thank him for taking his own leap of faith in presenting this unique show. And if you have the wall space, I hope you will consider supporting his gallery by purchasing some LEGO photography. By doing this you will ensure that he will continue to present interesting shows that reflect and embrace these evolving cultural intersections that Lego photography inhabits.