How to integrate LEGO photography into your con

Have you ever wondered how to integrate LEGO photography into your local con?  I know I have!  I love championing LEGO photography. I think it’s a great hobby, a wonderful creative outlet and a great way to be involved in the wonderful world of LEGO, especially if you’re not a master builder. So when I come across a great idea that helps to spread the word about our fun hobby, I want to know more and share it with you! Continue reading How to integrate LEGO photography into your con

Every photograph you take is a reflection of you

Every photograph you take is a reflection of you.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

When somebody loves me
When somebody loves me

Let me take a moment to explain this image, it has a little back story. Like everyone else in the known world who likes toys, I enjoyed all three Toy Story movies. But the scene in Toy Story 3 where Jessie sings her song and we see her ‘playing’ with her owner in better times….well, lets just say that image is permanently imprinted on my brain. It was that image, that feeling, that I was thinking about when I created the above photograph. Continue reading Every photograph you take is a reflection of you

Do you have an endgame?

endgame: noun / noun  end·game   \ˈen(d)-ˌgām\  the stage of a chess game after major reduction of forces; also  :  the final stage of some action or process

Do you have an endgame? This is a question that came up a few weeks ago that seems to have caught the attention of a few of our followers, including my self. While I think this is a valid question, I also believe it misses the point of being a creative / artist / photographer. Continue reading Do you have an endgame?

Ideas into Pictures

Our newest challenge, “Ideas into Pictures”,  comes from one of my favorite photographers Cig Harvey.

As I was thumbing through The Photographer’s Playbook in search of a new challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to find an entry from Ms. Harvey. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of her work for both the simplicity of her images and the emotional reaction she is able to invoke in me. I admire her seemingly effortless combination of text and photo. Each of her images are a glimpse into a story, a mystery, an unfinished poem; they’re pure magic. If I could achieve half of what she is able to achieve with my own work, I would be thrilled. Continue reading Ideas into Pictures

Stuck in another photographers work

In moments when I’m in search for inspiration, I usually spend some time looking through various photo books, websites or just end up on Instagram or Flickr. Often I get stuck in a particular photographers work, and in the best cases, this exercise makes me end up in an imagery world of my own, but sometimes it just becomes an exercise in procrastination. Continue reading Stuck in another photographers work

How the…? What the…?

Somewhere along the line I lost year.

It goes like this. My wife asked what I would like for my birthday (1/6 scale Sideshow Collectibles C-3PO with light up eyes, full articulation and bonus com-link!) when my age came up.

“48! Guess you’re an old man now!” she said jokingly.

“48? I’ll be 47.” I replied. Adding a year to my age . . . HILARIOUS!

“No Honey. You’ll be 48. We’re 47 now.Continue reading How the…? What the…?

#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 the comradery that makes Instagram a special place for artists. Continue reading #jANTMANuary

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 my photography.  Artists have always looked to the myth to find inspiration, and I’m no different. I think the reason is simple; we as humans love stories. In classic literature the myths represent some really great stories; I explore the stories that I love in my still life photography.

One of the myths that I come back to repeatedly is the myth about Icarus. Continue reading Myths

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 world, lets start acting like it. Let’s start posting photos that reflect the world we want, not the one we have.

Yes, we have the power to change the world, but … Continue reading Our world in my photographs