Space Cowboys and Saturdays

I’m fairly new to toy photography. I only started about a year and a half ago. I’ve always been into collecting toys of all sorts but had not followed the toy photography scene at all. Years ago I stumbled upon some comical 3.75” Stormtrooper images on the internet which I thought were fun, but I had not yet seen many Lego minifigure photos.

I took my first stumbling baby steps photographing toys in spring of 2016. It was without any plan or theme, just randomly choosing figures I liked, including 3.75” stormtroopers and some LEGO minifigs. In the early summer of 2016 my wife and I took a trip to Budapest. Before going there I got an idea of taking a vintage LEGO spaceman minifig with me. I had still not discovered the phenomenon of taking toys with you on trips and I thought I had come up with something original. No one has seen a red spaceman traveling the world, taking pictures while doing it. Right? How wrong was I and how little did I know back then.  Continue reading Space Cowboys and Saturdays

La Ronde

A Structuralist Tale: Six single pictures that may be seen independently from one another. Yet they are connected by a ‘structural’ idea, a formal rule. The story has no beginning, and no end: Pick any picture you want as a starting point. And you can also read the sequence backwards. Shuffling the pictures would not work though. Does this provide narrative? It is up to you to decide.

Why? by xJohns

I’m Johnson aka xJohns, my moniker on the Internet. I love photography. When I first bought my DSLR camera in 2008, it was just to capture all the wonderful memories of my first-born daughter. Later, as my interest grew, I was eager to learn more about outdoor photography such as Nature, Architecture, Landscape, etc. But somehow, due to my commitment at work and family life, the chances to shoot outdoors became impossible.

Actually, I’m a grown-up guy with a kiddo heart. I love collecting toys to display in my entertainment room. Eventually my wife started nagging that my room has becoming a toy room rather than what it is supposed to be. Feeling discouraged by her words, my toy collecting slowed down. Both my favorite hobbies felt like they were coming to an end. Continue reading Why? by xJohns

Why? by Yuri Badiner

My name is Yuri. I’m a 31 y.o. sales manager from Moscow, Russia. I’ve been in love with LEGO since my childhood, but only started shooting it in February 2016 when found some great pics on Instagram. Those pics really inspired me and I decided to try it just for fun… and that fun still doesn’t let me go and it’s became my hobby. I think toy photography is not such a popular hobby in Russia. I’ve met some Russian enthusiasts while discovering this awesome hobby, but there are really only a few here.

Why by Yuri: Where are you, toy photographers?
Where are you, toy photographers?

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Putting It Out There

Writing was the earliest form of storytelling I remember doing. I would actually write stories to then play them out with my action figures. I was 25 when I first started…just kidding, I was 9.

Writing comes naturally not easily. It’s therapy. I can get something off my chest or out of my mind. Or it can just be something I think is entertaining. When write a more meaningful piece, I’m writing it for myself and people like me going through something similar. Storytelling, on both sides, can be a safe place to explore or confront your feelings.

I know there are others that have it worse than me, but I only have my experience to draw from. Honestly I wish writing about adversity wasn’t my thing. My mom used to write feel good love stories, but then again we all have different stories to tell. Continue reading Putting It Out There

 “Toys? Seriously?”

I’ve heard it more than once. People want to ask “Why?” but apparently deciding it’d be rude, they just flop the unspoken question out there disguised as disbelief. 

I’d had a camera since high school [Yes, they made them back then!], dabbling in everything from nature to concert work. But I’d drifted away from it, rarely dragging the old 35mm out. Then came digital and suddenly my phone had a camera! Then I acquired a tiny point & shoot and the requisite Flickr account to document some non-scan-able artwork.

It was while poking about on Flickr that I stumbled upon toy photography: 4″ Stormtroopers eating a spaghetti dinner! Ugly Dolls fighting over each other’s belongings! Tiny N-scale railroad figure; I dabbled in that pool too. People using photos to breathe life into bits of plastic! Not only did these early finds make me laugh, they inspired me to try it.
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Minifigure Gender distribution: 2017 update

A little over a year ago, I wrote up an analysis of gender distribution in LEGO® Minigures in the post friends era.  In the years since LEGO Friends had been released, there had been some positive trends towards an equal balance, after starting from a pretty low base line (around 11% in 2012) up to 30% in the Volcano Sub-theme of LEGO City in 2016.

LEGO ideas set: 21312 Women of NASA. Real Life STEM role models in LEGO form.

As well as supporting the regular themes, 2017 has been a big year for LEGO tying in with cinematic releases, with both inhouse and external IP.  By the end of the year, we will have seen a new Star Wars movie, Wonder Woman and Justice League movies, The LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO Ninjago Movie released. Continue reading Minifigure Gender distribution: 2017 update

One year, 365 photos: an update

Just over 250 days ago, I wrote on this blog about my 365 toy photography project. At the time, I was on photo #39. As of writing, I just published photo #295!

Over the last 8 months, I’ve taken a lot of photos, many of which are consigned to the recycle bin. I’ve been to Sweden and played with Duplo, I overused breakfast items from the Ninjago minifigure series and I broke out ‘Pop’ figures and Playmobil for a change of pace.

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