Why? By Ann @Miss__Feklista

First of all, I’d like to thank Shelly for this awesome opportunity to share my hobby with my friends from around the world.

My name is Ann and I photograph toys because I like to bring Joy.

My story is both simple and special: it is about the relationship with a Toy. Is there anybody who didn’t love toys in childhood? We all learnt to rejoice, playing with them. I’m convinced that an adult can keep love for toys! Growing up, we just find new ways of playing and, in my opinion, the most fascinating of them is Toy and Lego Photography. Continue reading Why? By Ann @Miss__Feklista

Hamburg – My first toy safari

Last May, when Shelly published an article about the Seattle toy safari, I noticed a little note in italic at the end of the article saying:

If you can’t make this meet-up maybe you can make our fall gathering. We’re currently exploring dates in late September for another European meet-up, this time in Hamburg Germany.

What?! The next European toy safari will take place in Hamburg?! I have to be there! Continue reading Hamburg – My first toy safari

On Hamburg and other people’s toys

I could say many things about the recent toy safari in Hamburg. I could go on about the people (wonderful and not at all scary), the buildings (new and old and beautiful), the food (the bretzels!!), the lack of sleep (not so fun) or the excessive number of staircases we seemed to climb (over 80 flights in three days).

However I have something else to say about the experience. What I want to write about is playing with, and falling in love with, other people’s toys. Continue reading On Hamburg and other people’s toys

♬ Follow the yellow (and red, blue, green…) brick road ♬

Hasbro’s 6″ Star Wars Black Series, NECA’s 7″ Alien Xenomorph, Revoltech’s highly articulated Woody and Jessie from Toy Story, Bandai’s mega-detailed 6.5″ Predator… these are the types of figures you’ll see if you stumble across my Instagram page.  So how in the world did these cute little Lego Minifigures find their way in front of my lens?? Continue reading ♬ Follow the yellow (and red, blue, green…) brick road ♬

Have LEGO, will travel

At the end of the month, I’m heading off to Hamburg for the 2016 European toy photo safari. The moment I saw it announced, I knew I had to go. To be able to share toy photography with other like-minded people is an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

This is a little out of character for me. I mean, I don’t normally like to leave the comfort of my own home, let alone get on plane to another country by myself. I did try to persuade my partner to come with me, but he has enough trouble standing around whilst I pose LEGO figures for five minutes, let alone spending the whole weekend doing it.

So that was out, and I was left to make the decision to go by myself or not at all. Continue reading Have LEGO, will travel

I, Photo-bot

Recently I had the unexpected experience of having to pick out from my collection 12 photographs that I wanted to sell. Or that I thought would sell. Or that I thought people would like enough to buy. Or that I simply thought were good enough to frame and offer to the world. It was nerve wracking, because I have never given serious thought about selling my work. Up until now I have never had to make decisions based on anything other than asking myself if I am proud enough of this piece to post it online. My photographs have always been for me, and something I shared with other people that I mostly do not really know. In simpler terms, I never really had to doubt myself before (regarding photography) in a way that would bring back verifiable results. Continue reading I, Photo-bot

Doctor Photostein’s Monster

I always wonder about what I have created the moment I export a photograph in Lightroom. I know that on the most practical level I have acknowledged that I am happy with my decisions. I have taken my RAW file, used a number of tools to make changes to the image to fit my style and preferences, and exported to create a jpeg so the image can be shared with the online world. However, reality tells me I am really only happy with this one particular moment, which is what a photograph is anyway, a moment in time. But, the photograph is a moment in time that I already captured. A photograph shows the past. Does it get to be a second moment in time? Does editing a photo in Lightroom count as a second life? Continue reading Doctor Photostein’s Monster

Leveling Up With LEGO

Shooting LEGO minifigs is like a game for me, a quest to improve my photography. I invent personas for these iconic plastic toys, build MOCs for them and create worlds around them. With each photo, I rack up experience points, trying to level up my photography. With each new level achieved, I unlock a new skill: shot setups get more creative, shooting becomes more intuitive, editing goes faster. It’s a fun game, this open-ended free roam game of LEGO photography, and I intend to become a powerful wizard. Continue reading Leveling Up With LEGO

Why? – Sbphotographs1

First off I’d like to thank Shelly for inviting me to contribute to the stunning world of Stuck in Plastic through the “Why?” series. I feel truly privileged, but also a little apprehensive. My reasons for taking up Toy Photography are something I wasn’t too sure about until I sat down to write this. Well, I’ve always known ‘why?’, but I’ve been in denial of those reasons, until now. Continue reading Why? – Sbphotographs1

Why? – The Short News

Almost every day of the week, I get up at 6:30am (grab coffee #1), trawl the internet for interesting news (while drinking coffee #2), create an image to represent the selected story using toys such as Lego, then post the edited picture on my website and various social media platforms along with a brief summary

…But why do I do it? Continue reading Why? – The Short News