If there’s one thing that means as much to me (if not more to me) than LEGO, it’s movies.
It’s no surprise then that they’re one of my biggest influences as an artist and photographer. One look at my feed is all it takes to realize how much I love Star Wars, Back to the Future, or superhero movies, and as I mentioned in my previous “Why?” post, I have a lot of fun playing around with and creating my own stories within those pre-established universes.
Sometimes, though, I turn to film for en entirely different reason: As a subject for imitation. Continue reading Cinematic Inspirations
The history of photographing toys is a long one, and often, we as a community seem to forget this. While each of us may be innovating within our field, we are far from the first or farthest reaching of our kind.
Photography came into being in 1800, with the first known surviving photograph being from about 1826 (View from the Window at Le Gras). Paper, and then celluloid film began being manufactured in the 1880s. In 1900 the Kodak Brownie camera was invented, giving the power of photography to the masses. Continue reading The History of Toy Photography
Where do you find your inspiration? Do you find it in the light like Kristina? Maybe you get your inspiration from your favorite movie like Fathers Figures? Maybe you find it on your “to-do” shelf like Brett? Or maybe you need a little direction to help jumpstart your inspiration like me? Continue reading Inspiration One Card at a Time
On this blog, we get to read different photographers statement about ‘why?’ they do toy photography. The reasons for doing toy photography may vary from photographer to photographer, but we all seem to share a common love for the subject: toys. Toys and photography are closely linked together, in what we call toy photography. Thinking about the subject, I’ve come to the conclusion that toys may be the very best subject for a photographer. I don’t think you will question me, but I’ll share my reasons anyway. Continue reading Toys are the best subject for photography
Time wounds all heels
Sure, we’re all familiar with the anti-mimesis (WARNING: link may contain traces of Hannah Montana) philosophical position that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”, but what about when “life [l]imitates art”?
And sure, we’re all familiar with the fact that I like to make up words like “limitates”, but you get what I mean. Continue reading When Life [L] imitates Art
A challenge a day keeps the sickness away
This week I’ve been engrossed in “The Chronicles of Nausea”.
As you can imagine, when you’re captivated by such a literary chef-d’œuvre (don’t mention chef), your motivation, inspiration and appetite (literally) wane. Continue reading When in doubt, deadlines and challenges!
New Year’s resolutions? Shelly has chosen five words to define her new year. Kristina is planning a “52 project” for this year.
I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. As someone who struggles to keep track of his age, what day of the week it is, even what year it is at times, I find it odd that people need a certain date to set their personal agendas and goals? Sure, I’m all for setting goals, but I don’t think I need a particular date in a calendar to do so? Continue reading That Pebble In My Shoe
Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for, until you’ve found it.
I’m sure we’ve all been there.
You set out to take a photograph with a clear idea in mind. It’s crystal clear. Just right.
Then, as you start to shoot, you discover something new. Your envisaged photo, albeit still wonderful, is overtaken by this newly discovered purpose. All that you’d hope for when you set out, is still there. A hope. A promise that will one day be honoured. Continue reading New Year’s Revelations
Why do I shoot what I shoot? When I saw this question I wanted to get into it because in my case, this is a very loaded question. I want my body of work to be multifaceted from epic to pensive to hilarious and sometimes even sad. One thing that keeps me into toy photography is my innate need for creative outlets.
Creativity requires inspiration, so what inspires me? What do I love?
Continue reading What Inspires Me by Father’s Figures
I like New Year’s resolutions and although I’m a little late, I have set myself one. I’m challenging myself to live this year by five words: Wonder, Growth, Giving, Friendship, and Contentment.
Last fall I was privileged to partake in a G+ Mentorship program that had a profound effect on my thought process and my life. I’m now trying to write in my journal on a regular basis, I try to choose gratitude over privilege and I want to live my life with intention. It’s been an adjustment, but one that has already seen some amazing payoffs. Continue reading Five Words to Define a New Year