SiP went Paris 2018 – The Guest Book

Our last toy photo safari has been over for several weeks, now. But here are some quotes from the participants. Maybe it will inspire you to join us for our next meet-up.

Burak – @Pulup

I think it was great that we had a couple of Parisian hosts in this toy safari, who knew where to take us around etc, especially in just 10 minutes. I wish we could made it on Friday to be able to take photos in tourist locations as well. And of course, many thanks goes to Julien, who hosted us on Sunday evening at his home, and had bought a bunch of French craft beers for me (I think they were specifically for me as I drank 3, all very beautiful). 

Vroom vroom - by Pulup
Vroom vroom – by Pulup

I have sent this photo simply because it isn’t particularly my style of toy photography (I never post a vehicle photo; plus there is no Lego minifigure in it), but I like the depth of field and the way both trucks stay on the white line. You cannot see Paris at the background, but I’ve kept those for my own Instagram account. Special thanks goes to Stefan for lending me his father’s toys. 

Karine – @eatmybones

This was my first Toy Safari and it was an incredible adventure! A bunch of toy photographers traveling from all Europe/World in one big city only to take pictures? Yes! But not only! To meet new passionate people, laughing, exchanging toys for one picture, talking for hours about toys and more. This is why internet is so great. Now I have 15 more toy photographers friends, not only Instagram accounts I follow. This is priceless and Stuck in Plastic offered us this possibility. THANK YOU guys!

The little world of Paris - by Eatmybones
The little world of Paris – by Eatmybones

When you talk about Paris, everybody thinks about the Eiffel tower and, as a French girl, I think about tourists all over the city. This picture is a way to play with those two thoughts: here is my skeleton, on a touristic souvenir in front of the iron lady. And, without a legend, you know he’s in Paris, enjoying his journey!

Jana – @nutelasabe

It was my first toy safari and I couldn’t have wished for a better one. All of my new friends made it so magical for me, that it’s hard to get back to reality (hence the PSB). I started to feel very safe in the group very quickly after meeting everyone. It was like meeting long lost friends, or finally meeting my tribe. A place where I finally fit in. I heard beforehand that it is supposed to be great, but I didn’t expect this level of greatness! If you are at least considering going to one of these, then just GO! You won’t be sorry!

Dashing in Paris - by Nutelasabe
Dashing in Paris – by Nutelasabe

Monika

Monika is not a toy photographer. She is Jana’s friend and joined us during the safari. She wanted to share one of her funniest moment of the weekend

Day 4:
“how far is it?”
“only 10 minutes :D”
..sigh..”did I expected any other answer? :D”

(I am smiling while writing this :) )

A snapshot of Paris - by Monika
A snapshot of Paris – by Monika

Stefan – @Fubiken

For me this toy safari was about the people, the support you feel from the whole group. A true Fellowship of the Bricks!

French spiders - by Fubiken
French spiders – by Fubiken

Erwan – @Lego__fun

Too much wind - by Lego__fun
Too much wind – by Lego__fun

Stefan – @HerrSM

The ghosts are traveling along

This toyphotosafari in Paris proved again to me that there will always be some certain things that you can always rely on. Some of them are very dear to me, others are truths that need to be accepted. Like this one: always have sunscreen with you (or at least some Aloe gel in case you forgot the first). Or: Don’t be afraid to meet strangers; when you leave the safari most of them will be friends. Also don’t underestimate the fellowship of the brick (this may sound like a warning but it’s more of a welcoming promise). You can never bring enough toys. You can never take enough pics, not of toys and neither of those behind the scenes moments. Better not ignore your inner child. Rather let it play and have fun.The list could continue for oh so long. Whether it’s your first toyphotosafari or not, you’ll most probably feel the ghosts (the spirit?) of the safaris  gone by: there’s always a hunt for the next coffee shop; there´s never enough sleep; someone always gets lost and is found back again (#wheresboris) and time always flies by at the speed of light.  Or to sum it up in one sentence: The memories… well, the memories created in these precious hours may easily last a lifetime. 

The ghosts of the Louvre - by HerrSM
The ghosts of the Louvre – by HerrSM

Maelick – @Reiterlied

It seems after each safari I feel the same way, but this was really the best safari ever. So much fun and toy silliness with old and new friends. Thank you everyone for making this weekend so magic, and thank you to our fearless leader for making it such a success.

T-Rapped in Paris - by Reiterlied
T-Rapped in Paris – by Reiterlied

Lizzi – @Stepping_on_bricks

The best thing about going to a toy safari is not, in fact, the toys. It’s the people. It’s the friends you make there and my third Stuck in Plastic toy safari did not disappoint. Meeting old friends from previous meet-ups, and making new friends, was the highlight of the trip. If you are ever in doubt about going to a meet-up, all I can say is ‘go for it.’ You might come home exhausted with sore feet, but you will also come home with raised spirits and endless happy memories from the trip.

Making friends - by Stepping_on_bricks
Making friends – by Stepping_on_bricks

Boris – @_me2_

Visiting Paris through the eyes of Julien amidst an amazing group of fun people and their toys for three days was just absolutely great fun. This isn’t my first toy safari, and while every safari has its unique moments, Paris just reconfirmed we have to continue doing “this”. Visiting awesome places, with awesome likeminded toy photographers and sharing the passion. Old and new friends alike.

I selected a slightly different kind of photo. A night landscape. A tradition that started in Edinburgh to take an extra walk at night. A tradition we for sure will continue. And one of many beautiful memories that will stay with me. This 10-minute walk along the Seine when the last metro has gone for the day.

Paris, the city of light, awesome memories and ten minute walks …

Martine – @Jedd_Ka

Just playing with toys.
A toy safari can seem to be quite a strange idea for someone who doesn’t listen to his inner child.
But in fact it’s an awesome experience.
You finally find a group of people who share the same craziness that’s make you weird for « normal » grown ups.
I just spent one day with all you crazy people in the city I love: Paris.
Hanging around with our Legos, crawling on the ground for our best picture ever. But I also met the nicest and kind people ever, even if we shared just a few hours together.
Julien, the organization was awesome.
I think that we all miss this moments we spent together and we will cherish the memories for a long time.

No big deal - by Jedd_ka
No big deal – by Jedd_ka

Micke – @Mickebq

Thank you so much for some very nice days with fantastic people and a lot of fun!

Happy together - by Mickebq
Happy together – by Mickebq

Stacy – @Shtacyp

Paris is the 4th Toy Safari that I have been to (after Hamburg, Edinburgh and London), and with each meetup I make new friends and new memories. I can’t wait until the next one.

The Fellowship of the Brick - by Shtacyp
The Fellowship of the Brick – by Shtacyp

Bettina – @Lolitabrick

Being new to the toy photographer community, it was my first toy photo safari and a unique experience. I thank Stuck In Plastic and especially Julien for the organisation. It was a safari worthy of the enthusiasm and benevolence that animates toy photographers around the world. To welcome passionates in the city where I live allowed me to rediscover it under a playful and artistic look. I thank you all for coming to Paris. I thank you all for your kindness, your “joie de vivre”.

XXX - by Lolitabrick
Sacré Cœur – by Lolitabrick

Julien – @Ballou34

What a weekend it was!
It’s been several weeks already but the memories are still coming to my mind. I had such a great time rediscovering my own city among friends.
I gave myself a large workload to prepare the best possible weekend. But seing how people reacted, I know it was worth it. 
All my “stress” melted away as soon as people started to arrive in Paris on Thursday.
And then, I started enjoying the moment. But not for the location, not for the toys, but for the people. I was so happy to meet my friends and make new ones.
What a weekend it was!

I love Paris - by Ballou34
I love Paris – by Ballou34

I will take the opportunity of this post to thank everyone.

I would like to thank the SiP crew for believing in me with this project.
I would like to thank all the #SiPgoesParis2018 participants for the leap of faith and traveling across Europe for a couple of days, to play with toys. (You/we are crazy!)
And I would like to give special thanks to Bettina who helped me in the shadow in making this safari such a great moment for everyone. Thank you for your constant support and advice.

Self-development during toy safari

It is so personal and yet I want to share it. My first safari was so magical and awesome, I couldn’t have imagined it better. The awesomeness took me by surprise. Although I read all the posts about past safaris and how amazing they were, I was still not prepared for the reality of it.

For the first time in my life seeing other people posing toys in front of a camera, talking about toys, talking about other toy photographers that I only follow on Instagram… It made everything that I only knew online so real.

The memories

Julien came to pick me and my friend up at the airport and drove us to the hotel. We talked about minifigs and how his colleagues come to his office just to admire his wall of toy photos, and it hit me. All of this stuff about toy photography I read online is REAL!

It’s completely normal to talk about toys, it’s completely normal to have minifigs as decoration in the car, it’s completely normal to have some minifigs in my bag all the time. That’s where I started to get on a little cloud.

Our driver's car
Our driver’s car

Then we met at the Lego store. First some introductions, and after doing some shopping, Boris started to build a set outside of the store. My cloud just went higher.

After that was the first dinner. While we were waiting, Lizzi and Maelick started to pose toys around a beer bottle, lighted them with the help of a diffuser. And after dinner, we received welcome packs, which everyone immediately unpacked and played with. The little cloud I was on got me to heaven and it would stay there for the whole safari.

Playing in the middle of dinner
Playing in the middle of dinner

It’s like falling in love. When everyone was laughing I was so warm inside. Seeing everyone together, not leaving anyone behind, helping each other with anything… Can it be real? This island of happiness and safety and fun?

I felt so motivated to do things! Not just toy photos, but other things as well.
I had so much energy even though my body hurt and was exhausted.
I was so happy and content.
I felt peace, and zen, and happiness :)
Like the world is good again :)

Now I’m trying to hold on to this feeling any way I can. I go over photos, I anxiously check Instagram for any photos from the safari or just from the attendees, I talk to some of the photographers and just generally try to keep the spirit alive inside of me.

The past

I will never forget the feeling during the print exchange, it was like Christmas! And one of my favorite photographers let me keep around 10 of his photos!
Stacy gave everyone an awesome keychain to remember this event.
I took a photo of a really old LEGO car, that isn’t built, but in one piece with metal wheels, one of the first ones.

A really old LEGO car
A really old LEGO car

I had strawberries and raspberries with lime for dessert (really great combination!).
I will never forget that in Paris everything is just a 10-minute walk for Parisians. Unfortunately, not many of us were Parisians, so it took us around 30 minutes to get anywhere.
The chocolate cake I had at the end of the second dinner was amazing.
I played with the famous Revoltech Woody figure.
I put the hat on Maelick when he was resting (napping) so he would look like the minifig in front of him that Stacy was taking picture of.

Taking pictures while napping
@shtacyp taking a pictures of Maelick napping

Making a sigfig photoshoot.
Stefan’s camera stolen :(
Sitting in front of the Louvre, chilling and taking photos.
Sitting next to a fountain, chilling and taking photos.
“Sailing” on a fountain.

The boat race
The boat race

The dinner at Julien’s.
The Eiffel tower where I couldn’t go to the top because my brain snapped and freaked out.

Me at the Eiffel tower
Me at the Eiffel tower

Disneyland, where I let others talk me into going on the Hyperspace mountain and not liking it.
Disneyland, where I spent some time in caves, wandering around in almost total darkness.
Disneyland, where I went through shops with Maelick, my shopping buddy, mocking the same toys and deciding what to buy.
The tiredness after Disneyland with the loud Spanish family in the train.
Toys’r’us, again with Maelick, going through all the toys.
Seeing everyone checking out toys unjudgementally, it doesn’t matter whether they are “for boys” or “for girls” or “8-12 years”.
Talking about anything and everything.
Lots of walking.
Lots of laughing.
Lots of fun.
Lots of toys.

The present

Now every time I see an avatar or a name I recognize from the safari, my heart skips.
We were there.
We survived it together.
We enjoyed it together.
We know each other’s faces.
We played together.
We laughed together.
We were part of an awesome group.
All thanks to guys at Stuck In Plastic, especially Julien, who organized this safari perfectly.
I would like to thank everyone who was part of this safari for making it so magical for me and I hope I helped to make it magical for them as well.

The future

During the safari, I learned it’s okay to like toys, to take photos of them, to buy them, to play with them. Even at my age, or older.
I learned it’s okay to take photos at any time.
I learned how stories on Instagram work.
And I got some confidence in traveling.
Now I feel free, untethered, and I want to travel.
I don’t feel so connected to the place where I live now.
I want to show my love for the North, like Maelick does.
I want to go there, I want to learn Norwegian and just enjoy everything that’s there.
In my last post, I wrote the warning about life-changing decisions because I’m on the verge of making one :D

How is that for self-development?

Meet Ian

TGiF- Thank Godtfred it’s Friday again.

Hello, it’s Stefan on behalf of the SiP crew. Let’s sit down for a virtual cup of coffee and talk to a friend of our little blog about themselves, their photography and about the #SiPgoes52 challenge again.

This week I thought I’d be extra clever and offer a cup of tea instead as I was going to talk to Ian from Liverpool, England. Turns out I hadn’t done my homework precisely enough:
Our guest kindly asked for a latte with sugar. (He spent some time in France.)

But now, dear readers, grab yourself an euphorigenic hot drink of your choice, lean back and enjoy our talk. Continue reading “Meet Ian”

NDA and Voltron

Voltron

RLFM

Earlier this year, we went to visit TLG for the RLFM 2018 days in Billund, and in line with good old traditions, we got the chance to meet up with some of the LEGO Designers and Product Groups.

The LEGO Ideas Team

High on our list, every year is the LEGO Ideas team, as they always impress us with fantastic sets and great new builds by the LEGO community. You all remember the NASA Saturn Rocket, Women of NASA, The Tron Legacy and of course the amazing Anton and the Old Fishing Store.

Paperwork to sign …

This year, our meet and greet with The LEGO Ideas team went in a slightly different direction and we were asked to sign an NDA and put all our cameras and phones away.

We happily signed, and so there is not more to tell.
Or say.
Or share.
Corporate NDA can do that to a creative soul. Ouch. Continue reading “NDA and Voltron”

Quarterback

Fuzzball.

A quarterback (commonly abbreviated “QB”) is a position in American and Canadian football. A sport not to be compared with that other kind of football that is currently ongoing in the 2018 (FIFA) World Cup of Football . The name quarterback comes from the line up on the football field, where you used to have a fullback and a half back. The “halfback” was halfway between the fullback and the line of scrimmage, and the “quarterback” was halfway between the halfback and the line of scrimmage. Hence, he was called a “quarter-back” by Walter Camp, a famous halfback, and football coach in the late nineteenth century.
Interesting, no?

A quarter.

The half of the half.
One fourth.
And a period in a year.
A period of three months, that divide the year nicely into four pieces or quarters.

And we are on the last day of the second quarter.
Time to be that quarterback.
Look at the last quarter, and kickstart the second half of the game this year.

It has been a jam-packed quarter. Continue reading “Quarterback”

SiP went Paris 2018

After several toy Safaris around Europe, in Stockholm, Hamburg, London or Edinburgh, it was time to visit Paris.
It was the second time for us to be in the City of lights, after an exhibition at Le6Brick earlier this year.

#SiPgoesParis2018
#SiPgoesParis2018 – Picture by @Ballou34

The edition of SiPgoesParis 2018 was awesome.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed this event:

20 people from 7 countries (Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and France),
around 50 km of walk during 3 full days,
hundreds of LEGO minifigures,
thousands of pictures taken,
and very little sleep…

But let me share with you a “10-minute” taste of what happened between June 15th and 17th.
Just follow the guide!

Follow the guide
Follow the guide – Picture by @Nutelasabe

The famous monuments

A weekend in Paris means that some stopovers are unavoidable.
We started the weekend at the Eiffel tower. Even though we arrived relatively early to avoid tourists, it was not early enough and we quickly shared the spot with a few wedding photographers.
Continue reading “SiP went Paris 2018”

Allons-y!

Allons-y! Or how to look forward.

I just came home from the SiPGoesParis toy safari. It has been days of walking, more walking and then some more walking. It turned out that everything in Paris is just ”ten minutes away” according to our fearless guide Ballou34.
But it was so worth it.
Have been shooting stormtroopers in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Taking images of my sigfig atop of the same tower.
Can’t imagine this would happen if I went there by myself. Continue reading “Allons-y!”

Post Safari Blues

Can you relate?

Do you know that certain feeling you get after a toy safari?
This emptiness?
The bleakness?
Sadness?
Boredom?
Or annoyance?
Weirdness maybe?
This feeling of being out of place?
Demotivation?
Laziness?
Like you woke up from a dream and you don’t know what’s happening?
Being all over the place and nowhere at the same time?
This cold inside?
Exhaustion? Continue reading “Post Safari Blues”

Out Walking

This weekend we have been hanging out in Paris with some awesome toy photographers and just did not find the time to post here on the blog. We have been very actively posting on IG, though … and here is a little teaser of all that awesomeness.

More to come soon …