Fundamentally Fun

Things have been pretty heavy on the blog of late. There have been some meaty subjects to sink our teeth into, which is cool. But, as I vegetarian, I thought it time to step away from all this meaty content, and get back to my roots. Fun.

Essentially Entertaining

I started posting LEGO photos back in 2012, with simple photos accompanied by silly captions and puns. Scouring the interwebs for puns was the source of inspiration for my photos. If a pun made me giggle, I’d then create a LEGO version of it.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
– Dr. Seuss

This was back in my early days on Instagram. It was before Instagram was flooded with users hell-bent on chasing numbers and fixated on follower counts. I think most of my early photos ended up in the feeds of 100 followers. But that was cool, I wasn’t doing it for numbers; I was doing it for fun.

fundamentally fun: "There's no eye in team" - Hieroglyphics teachers. Probably.
“There’s no eye in team” – Hieroglyphics teachers. Probably.

Primarily Pleasurable

I was also given a book around that time by my friend Mark that became a great source of inspiration, Letterbocks Top Tips. This book is filled with ‘pearls of thrift and wisdom’ and is ‘an invaluable compendium of 500 handy hints’. Or so they say!

“Save time when listening to LPs by playing them at 45 r.p.m.”
“When buying a camera, always buy a second one so that if you sell the first you will be able to take a picture of it for advertising purposes.”
“An old television with a toaster inside makes a cheap but effective ‘microwave’ oven. For making toast.”
Genius!

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
– Dr. Seuss

fundamentally fun: Gavin went to an underwater disco and pulled a muscle. Probably.
Gavin went to an underwater disco and pulled a muscle. Probably.

Looking back through some of my old posts, I realised two things; these were taken back when I was stubborn and only used my phone, and they were posted before I’d joined G+. With the chance to reshoot some old photos and share these puns and tips with a new audience, I didn’t have to think up new ideas. I only had to plan the new shots around the puns. That gave me more time for fun. And more time to focus on the photos not the ideas behind them!

“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”
– Dr. Seuss

Fundamentally Fun

Armed with a back-catalogue of puns and a better camera, and a new audience to inflict the puns upon, it was refreshing to revisit my roots. Shooting with the sole purpose of fun in mind freed up my creativity. It allowed me to be freer in my planning and thinking.

With fun the focus of the shots, I found myself having fun shooting them. Toppling LEGO was funny. Uncooperative bokeh was somewhat comical. I don’t think I swore once while shooting! 

fundamentally fun: I went to a zoo. The only animal in the entire zoo was a dog. It was a Shih Tzu. Probably.
I went to a zoo. The only animal in the entire zoo was a dog. It was a Shih Tzu. Probably.

The fun I was having must’ve been noticeable. My younger son asked if he could borrow my camera and take photos using the close-up filters.

But that’s another fun story!

– Brett

Why did you start photographing toys? Is it the same reason you do it now? Is fun one of those reasons?

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A Raptor Chapter that we hope doesn’t end

The Raptor Pack Day

April the 22nd, just like every 22nd since 2013 was Raptor Pack Day; a day where the Toy Dino Squad invite us to share our dinosaur photographs.

I’ve played along in the past. I’m a forgetful knucklehead and the 22nd either slips past me, or it’s on 22nd that I’m reminded by seeing someone’s dino post (usually the 22nd for them on the other side of the world so it’s the 23rd for me?), but when I do remember, or I’m reminded, I join in. Continue reading A Raptor Chapter that we hope doesn’t end

Gathering more than just photos

May 6th, 2014. When @zenith_ardor got a LEGO Tauntaun for his birthday and I’d just ordered one online, @smokebelch2 joked that there was “gonna be a Tauntaun showdown”. His taunts morphed into a photo gathering, the #tauntaunshowdown. An impromptu get together that spawned many more photography gatherings.

Together with @east_mountain, the four us started ‘hosting’ themed photography gatherings on Instagram from time to time.

There was nothing official about these gatherings. They were just a bunch of friends inviting others to join in and post photos based around a given theme, on a particular date or weekend. The unofficial tagline for these gatherings is “No winners. No losers. Just fun.” Continue reading Gathering more than just photos

Sun, Sand and Plastic

Sun, Sand and Plastic

If you’re reading this, I’m away on our annual camping trip down the coast with family and friends and Shelly has kindly hit the publish button. Thanks Shelly.

Summer’s here the rain has gone away
Summer’s here all thinking’s gone ’til May
Frenzal Rhomb – Summer’s Here

I’ve packed a container of plastic and am looking forward to our first camping trip shooting with a real camera, although, if the weather reports are true, I’ve been confined to tents playing endless games of Uno, Jenga and Guess Who. But if the weather clears, I’ll be packing plastic for every trek we take, be that beach, cliff tops or forest.

The desert sky before my eyes
Had burned into a sea
A flaming mass of oil and gas
And screams of ecstasy
Butthole Surfers – Dust Devil

Don’t forget the LEGO Batman Movie Minifigure giveaway we’re running while I’m away! I’ll be back with plenty of time to read through all the entries and work with the other Stuck In Plastic members to select a luck winner.

I can’t stand myself for just another day
I’m leaving in the morning, just to get away
Poison Idea – Just To Get Away

Happy New Year! – Brett

A clean bill of wealth

Out with the new, in with the old

Lacking motivation. Inspiration deficient. Stuck in a plastic rut. Brick block.

We’ve all be there.

I too was recently on the precipice of a tumble deep into the inability to initiate.

And what does someone like me do in these times? I clean. Continue reading A clean bill of wealth

Succession session

New kids off the country block

From rant to gallivant.

From Bellbrae to Erskine Falls.

Well, from Bellbrae to Erskine Falls, via Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven, Moggs Creek, Big Hill and Lorne, as we snake our way along the Australian National Heritage listed ‘Great Ocean Road’ that hugs Australia’s south-eastern coastline. Continue reading Succession session

Rainy Day Activities

Weather or not

As my northern hemisphere friends gloat of warm weather and sunshiny days (maybe not my UK friends) I find myself bunkered down indoors with the fire lit as sheeting rain pummels the roof.

I like the rain. It’s good to us. It fills our watertanks. It feeds our veggie patches. It replenishes our lake.

Nevertheless, the rain now presents a new dilemma for me with the recent acquisition of a “real“ camera. Continue reading Rainy Day Activities

It Never Gets Old

I confess, I like taking photographs of T-Rex chasing little helpless mini figures; it never gets old.

Whenever I set up one of these shots I snicker and I’m happy. If I can’t make myself laugh, then how can I make you? If I can’t please myself with my photography, why should I expect you to like them? So here we are, it’s Monday and I’ve posted yet another one of these silly photos and my day got a little better. Continue reading It Never Gets Old

Not a Chance!

You might recall an earlier post where I wrote about going on vacation and the challenges I had with that. Well, I’m happy to report I am writing this while on previously mentioned vacation. It’s been glorious! I am not trying to kick sand in the faces of my North Atlantic Seaboard brethren, but this beats the heck outta where you’re at right now. Continue reading Not a Chance!

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