Is it a poor trait of the LEGO minifigures?

It was noted, as we were deciding which images to include in the next BricksCulture magazine article last Sunday/Monday (a bloody hard task I might add due to the sheer awesomeness of all the submissions), that the majority of the photos submitted were landscape format.

This got me thinking.

Do LEGO minifigures work as subject matter when photographing in portrait mode? Why is landscape the “go to” format for minifigures photography?



Righteous psychoticness,
Painting a portrait of pain
Damaged – Passive Backseat Demon Engines

I find it interesting that after years of posting on Instagram, and being forced to post in square format, when I was given the freedom to post in landscape or portrait, I gravitated to landscape. Why did I do that? I truly don’t know? Maybe there’s something I find more aesthetically pleasing about a rectangle on its side than on its end. Maybe it’s living in the country and that I find the skyscrapers of the city somewhat daunting. Maybe I’m worried that portrait format is more likely to topple over than the more sturdy landscape one in an earthquake. Maybe it’s due to television and movies, they’re landscape. But hang on, most books are read in portrait format? Oh, now I’ve confused myself! I really don’t know!

Shelly has written here that she prefers to shoot her images in portrait mode, and accredits that preference to her past life as a non-plastic people photographer. That makes sense. But why do most LEGO photographers with no “formal” photography background to influence their preference lean towards landscape?

Nothing more
Nothing less
An icon on the wall
Decoration and duress
Bad Religion – Portrait of Authority


Dead Wienicorn

This is possibly the post with the most unanswered questions I’ve posted here. But if I don’t have the answers, I’m hardly going to make them up.

If someone has the answer, or even an opinion, I’d love to know what it is.

If you need me, I’ll be lying down, in landscape mode, confused.