When it comes to this blog post I’ll have to ask you to bear with me. This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting to write about this month. But unfortunately my plans have gone somewhat off the rails.
The year started so well, with positivity and productivity on my part. My recent part in taking photos for the Crazy Arms 2 Kickstarter by Crazy Bricks, (which was successfully funded last week, hooray) had definitely refueled my interest in doing more LEGO photography. I feel I’d been very action figure focused for a while. But with the goodies I’d received from Crazy Bricks, I had some great ideas for something of a personal project as the new year began. I had decided to embark on grand diorama build. Well grand is relative when you’re four bricks tall, right?
But alas, two weeks of furious building has now ground to a halt as I contracted COVID. Since then and over the past two weeks, I’ve been away from my studio setup and my camera — so no chance to finish building said diorama. It was time for a new plan and a new post.
But with no camera available and not being allowed out of the house due to having to self isolate, it wasn’t looking good for a blog post coming together in time. As much as I racked my brains, all my ideas needed new photos. And all of my unused photos had no BTS shots to accompany them. I was at a loss for what to do. But then, when browsing my personal photos, I came across Miniland.
Happy Birthday to me
Last year, and for my 37th birthday, my girlfriend took me to LEGOLAND Windsor (here in the UK). Now this isn’t the first time I’ve been to LEGOLAND. I was taken to Windsor for my 18th birthday and I also visited Bilund when I was very small, 4 or 5, I think. But there’s something about being older that made me appreciate Miniland all the more. Maybe it’s building Creator Expert or Ultimate Collector’s Series sets, and the scale of the builds in question. Who knows?
If you’ve been to any LEGOLAND, you’ll know that Miniland is typically one of the first things you encounter when you arrive. The world rebuilt in LEGO, from every famous landmark, to miniature versions of cities, to the actual launch of the space shuttle. Ironically, we took a sharp detour the wrong way and didn’t end up here until we were on our way out of the park. But after a day of rollercoasters and rides, and before we hit the shop for some very fortuitous discounts (I was for no clear reason given staff discount when buying the Mos Eisley Cantina. 25% off — happy birthday to me!), we found ourselves wandering through the various fabulous builds on show.
Now when it comes to my photography efforts on this one, I am throwing it out there straight away, I only had my phone and it was a typical summer’s day in South England. By which I mean it was grey all day, with no interesting light. And we dodged the various drizzles and downpours between the rides all day.
Now I may have been running around snapping pics with my phone, but I couldn’t help myself. Some toy photography yoga definitely took place. I guess you just can’t kick the habit of wanting to get to your subject’s eye level. I’m always trying to frame things more accurately I suppose.
I hope you enjoyed this brick-built trip around the world. Usual service will resume next month when, I hope, my plans will be back on track. I have to admit, the diorama build I talked about is nowhere near the scale of what you’ll find at Miniland. But I’m looking forward to get back to work now that COVID is leaving me.