Last week as I was sorting out my handbag I kept finding random bits of LEGO in the bottom. A mug, a wand, the wing of a chimera figure. You know, the normal stuff that lives with the crumbs and crumpled receipts.
It got me thinking about the toys we carry with us, regardless of where we’re going, or what we’re doing. It got me wondering about how many people there are out there with small collections of toys in their bags, ready and waiting for photographic inspiration to strike!
In addition to random toys lost in my bag, I carry a tin TARDIS. A tin that is, like its full sized counterpart, deceptively bigger on the inside.
At the moment my tin contains a bunch of my favourite figures, as well as a select few accessories. I thought it would be fun to see what lives in my bag and to see if there are any similarities with what other photographers carry on a daily basis (answers in the comments, please!)
My sig fig.
Of course, what LEGO photographer would go anywhere without a sigfig to hand. An essential part of the kit.
The Snape I carry varies between classic Snape, and one above that I got from minifigs.me. I love putting Snape in random situations, especially when he just looks so annoyed by it all!
I’m probably not alone in carrying a Stormtrooper around. He can get up to so much mischief, or even just work as a simple photo like the one above. It’s instantly recognisable, and the stories just write themselves around this figure.
I fell in love with Skellewings this summer, and he hasn’t yet left my portable toy box. He’s here just in case the light is perfect, although as the autumn days get shorter, I think he might be relegated in favour of some Christmas fun!
This is a figure that can be both in and out of place, making for some great stories. He is pretty versatile as he can hold on to stuff and maintain a shape really well.
Along with the above figures, I carry around a limited selection of accessories. I’m an accessory junkie, so it’s hard to keep this down, and the pile seems to grow if left unchecked. I will, given the opportunity, always look to photograph accessories by themselves in some way.
At the moment my tin contains: a pink umbrella; a camera; a pink wand; a coffee cup; a milkshake cup; a book; a teddy bear, and a magnifying glass.
What toys do you carry on a day to day basis? Do you have any regulars who always come out with you? Do you actually use them, or are they more of a comfort blanket, to know they are there if you need them?