The Elements of Change

The concept of the story began when I wondered if a Tusken Raider had ever seen something like the ocean.

It was inspired from an experience one of my friends had, moving up from California and seeing snowfall for the first time.  Which was amazing to hear the excitement.

I’ve also had this hairy Bantha toy staring at me, since I took him to the San Francisco Toy Meet-up in May.  And, when I saw the latest version of the Lego Tusken Raiders, I knew I had to do something.

Introducing, T’ooph the Tusken Raider.  And, Soap, his trusty Bantha

~Lawrence Ruelos

6 Ways to Fix your Photo Funk

Discouragement, fear, demotivation, I’ve discussed these way too much at this point here (I promise I’ll write about something else soon). But no matter how many posts I write (which end up being extensions of lectures I’ve given myself) about forgetting the world and creating for yourself, there is always more to say.

I am very good at not taking pictures. I’ll have tons of ideas itching at my brain, the supplies to make each one and absolutely no motivation. Whether stress, general creative discouragement, or a world of other thoughts in my head, sometimes I just can’t bring myself to create. The problem there, is that then I mentally beat myself up for not making photos and the cycle continues. Continue reading 6 Ways to Fix your Photo Funk

Leaving A Photo Be

“A great photograph [is] a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about what life in its entirety.”

– Ansel Adams

As with any creative practice, photography is so personal that we constantly feel the need to defend it to others and to explain our work. But there is a power that comes in leaving a photo be and allowing the viewer to interpret as they will. Continue reading Leaving A Photo Be

A Reflection

I shot my first toy photos 9 years ago.

I was 17, in Ms. Jen’s 11th grade English class, and chose to illustrate scenes of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying from a list of project options.

I really knew nothing about photography, but was slowly discovering that I liked it.

I outlined a few key scenes from the book and set out to photograph them. To my knowledge, I had never knowingly seen a toy photograph, nor did I think of what I was doing in any sort of category. All I knew was that it seemed the best way to represent a burning barn, brothers, horse drawn carriage, fish mother and vultures was through toys and maquettes.

The resulting photos weren’t what I’d now call good, but at the time I was quite happy with what I’d managed to create with minimal supplies and a point and shoot camera.

So now, 9 years later, some 6 or so years since I’ve actually considered myself a toy photographer, I’ve recreated those images with better technical knowledge and artistic vision. Continue reading A Reflection

A mirror of ourselves – 5 reasons why we photograph minifigures

»eat my bricks« is a photo art project. We are two dads and media dudes aged 40 from Dresden, Germany, and we have known each other for more than 20 years. Continue reading A mirror of ourselves – 5 reasons why we photograph minifigures

To blog or not to blog…

To blog, or not to blog….
I never blog!

I hardly read blogs, I even dislike the word. Blog… sounds like something stuck halfway down your toilet, just out of arms reach….waiting, lurking….return of the blogmonster, part fifteen. Continue reading To blog or not to blog…

Make it Seem by AliceinCleveland

The latest challenge is a hefty one. It calls for a total of four different photographs that require a good amount of thought. I was happy to receive it a bit before I headed out for a couple of days that were designated for nothing but exploring an unfamiliar town with a camera. I had all of these grand ideas for how this time would go. I was going to focus on my theme of “fracture.” I was going to figure out where I want to head with photography. I was going to really experiment with Lego Minifigures. I was going to have these wholly profound moments of inspiration and creative omnipresence and the results from these two days were going to be amazing.

Some of that even happened too. Mostly though, normal (not amazing) stuff happened. Continue reading Make it Seem by AliceinCleveland

Why? – by Little Soldier Stories

I would like to start by thanking Shelley for inviting us to participate in the 100% Stuck in Plastic “ Why” series.

I say “us” because Little Soldiers Stories is a husband and wife creative duo. Continue reading Why? – by Little Soldier Stories

Why? By Isaac Renteria

How I started in toy photography is a bit long story; from my early years I remember art as one of the most important things in my (and my family’s) life due to my fathers work; he’s a painter, sculptor and interior designer. So I started to be interested in the arts at a very young age. Continue reading Why? By Isaac Renteria