Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. – Man Ray
I could spend my time explaining photography technique, talking camera gear or trading tips on editing apps…but I think a more interesting question is why do we (all of us toy photographers) take photographs of Lego mini figures.
I did not grow up with the toy, it is not a part of my history, it is not a big part of my cultural heritage. In fact I am probably one of the most inept brick builders on the planet. Think Emmet at the beginning of the Lego movie. My greatest skill I bring to my family’s Lego obsession (their’s not mine) is my impeccable sorting skills.
So what is so attractive about these little plastic friends? Is it our ability to project our own thoughts and dreams on the many different characters created? Is it a need to revisit our child hood and rediscover the joy of play? Is it sheer boredom? Is it a release from the stresses and pressures of life? Is it simply proximity and easy access?
What is your inspiration? What keeps you motivated and moving forward photographically?
Once you know this, life will not be able to side track you, no matter how hard it tries.
When I was a child I wanted to be a cartoonist. I would draw comics and jokes, but I never had an audience; when I was a child, home computers didn’t exist, let alone the internet so my mum was about as far as my audience went. Drawing was something that I abandoned during my early teens and my drawing skills, as they were, dwindled: interest was lost.
About three years ago, I discovered IG and after an initial dalliance with trying to be ‘arty’ (which didn’t last long), I discovered the Lego pictures and the Lego comics (comics seemed to be around more back then). Instantly, the ‘cartoonist’ bug was back, but applied to the little plastic people.
What subsequently happened is that I started to notice the artistic Lego pictures and the great efforts that people put into them. This has made me try and take the best quality photographs that I can, but still remember that I want to make people laugh.
Therefore, my inspiration: be funny, but with the best lighting, arrangements and ideas that I can think of. The artistic is still attempted, but my heart is in the entertaining. However, searching for that sweet shot will never end.
I have to admit your photography has improved significantly in the last year. Well done! I was initially attracted your account because it always made me laugh…and it still does. The pretty pictures are nice but the world needs more laughter in it. Please don’t stop.