#jANTMANuary

Instagram is no stranger to challenges.  Some are organized events that take place once a week/month while others come on like a covert operation with secret instant-messages, planning and coordinated drop times that end up becoming an inside joke to a select few.  These challenges are a key cog in …

Myths

I make pictures to explore the world and in some ways my photographs make me see the world through different eyes. But as I have confessed earlier I can’t make fiction, I can only retell stories I know or have heard of, and that is why the myths are so important in …

Our world in my photographs

I have read Shelly’s excellent post “Violence in Toy Photography” several times and thought it through, and I agree. I don’t want to see more violence, toys splattering in blood, or decapitating of heads. I stand in Shelly’s corner when she says that We have the power to change our …

My Passion

My passion is not LEGO, it may not even be photography, it’s music. I have been pretty clear with friends that if I had to choose between LEGO and music, I would choose music. Weird, right? I love my LEGO mini figures, I love my camera and what I can accomplish with it, …

Mini Figure Customization

Yesterday’s post by ME2 on a new LEGO ideas set featuring everyones favorite young detective Tintin certainly struck a cord. I think we would all love a few mini figs from that beloved series of comics to fly to the moon, traverse the jungle or invade the Death Star. The photographic possibilities are …

Frank

I know I have mentioned this several times, but inspiration sometimes comes from the weirdest places. Recently I watched the movie “Frank” which tells the story of one aspiring band who is fronted by a man who never removes his papier-mâché head. Just the place to find treasures like: [clickToTweet …

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 …

Emerald City Comicon

It was a very long time ago when I bought my tickets to the upcoming Emerald City Comicon that is schedule to begin March 27th. I can’t believe that three days of geeky goodness in the heart of downtown Seattle with 70,000 of my closest  friends is just around the corner! Last year …

Confessions of an AFOL – Part 2

Now that I have confessed my feelings about the new licensed Lego themes, let’s take a look at the old ones, shall we? Let’s start with Star Wars. Now we all know how great the films are and how revolutionary they were, especially the first three. I watched them for …

Why? and 20,000 Days on Earth

If you have been a reader of this blog for a while you know I love my documentaries, especially ones that illuminate the creative process like Marwencol and Burden of Dreams. When I finally sat down to watch 20,000 Days on Earth I was struck by how this pseudo documentary depicting a day in the …

CC: Creative Class

I appreciate yesterdays post by Me2 . It was a thoughtful response to the article about artist Christopher Boffoli and his legal actions against Pinterest. This is a complicated issue that has many sides and Me2 has addressed just a few of them. Sure we need to think out side …

Edward S Curtis

Photography is a wonderful medium that can be used for artistic expression as well as capturing a moment in time; a time that would be lost forever without this photographic record. Someone who understood this powerful truth was Edward S Curtis, a self-taught photographer working at the turn of the 20th …

Who Inspires You?

The hardest thing about keeping going with any project, be it toy photography or landscape photography is the concept of challenging yourself. Instagram is filled with people who take essentially the same photo over and over again. I know I can be accused of this as much as the next …