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.

Everything is awesome.

The first day we met at the LEGO store and then had a meet and greet in a relaxed manner. The next day we went and took toy photos in front of the Eiffel Tower. After that, we walked to the tower ( just a ten-minute walk ) and took the elevator up. Amazing views!


Then we went to the Louvre and took photos at the cour napoleon.
Great place to shoot with the museum and the glass triangles in the background. I had a great time there and got to shoot the MOC of a 2CV made by Jan from Stein Hanse for the #1Toy2Share_Paris.

A well-built car and great to shoot. I took some other images as well and then one in the group needed a power bank so I took out mine that I had in my backpack… Of course, we help each other. Everything was awesome…

Oohh No!

Then I turned around and started to pack my things.
And that was the moment when everything changed.
I had my camera stolen!!

The disbelief, the anger, the pain and the sorrow!
I just fell apart, I could not believe it.
Did not want to believe it.
I felt my legs buckle under me, could not stop crying.

The thing that kept me going was the warm support from the others on the Safari.
They truly became The Fellowship Of The Bricks for me.
Just that someone lay their hand on me and just was beside me, helped so much. I could feel the support without words!
Ballou34 then helped me find a police station and file a report on the theft.
We talked a lot on the way there.
And as I said to Julien, it is not so much the camera but the memory card, the
photos I took, that I will miss.
The camera is materia, the photos are memories.

Old and new friends.

When walking with Julien to the police station I set my mind on turning the rest of the weekend to something positive. I had to, would go under if I didn’t.

I mean, I still got my iPhone and was in Paris with old and new friends.
So I told myself that I would have a good time.
We went to the restaurant and had a superb dinner, the best in a long long time to be honest. The best food in so long and surrounded by friends with big hearts. There were times that I just sat there and looked around at the others in the group and was thinking how lucky I am to have met them!
At the end of the evening, I stood up and told how thankful I was, how their support warmed my heart.
Had to keep the speech short because I could feel the tears coming just as
they do as I am typing this.

For the rest of the weekend, I had a great time!
I helped Stacy make a unicorn image, did a collaboration image with eatmybones, and another collaboration with _me2_.

A smaller collab with Me2 in the graveyard of Montmartre to close down that action packed thieving event.

I had to reshoot all of my #1Toy2Share_Paris images with my iPhone.
Yes, all, in all I had a great time.

Remember.

And in this adventure is also a lesson.
Look after your gear, be mindful of your surroundings, be grateful of your friends and let them know that.

To all of you at the #SiPGoesParis toy safari, love you guys!!
Stefan K / fubiken

P.S. The last night me and reiterlied found out we lived door to door at the hotel we were all staying at. Just a good 10 minutes walk from the metro.

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 …

Excited for my first toy safari!

In a week, I’ll be in Paris

As the date for the Paris toy safari draws near, I get more and more excited and nervous.
There is a plan to go to Disneyland, yay!
There will be so many great photographers!
I will be a part of something I have only seen on the internet that looked so fun! What if it will be weird?
Will my stomach with allergy behave?
Which toys should I take?
What weather should I expect?
Who are these people I will meet?
Why am I doing this again?
I decided to reply to that last question because I have no answer for the rest of them.

Me & my travelling crew
Me & my traveling crew

Continue reading “Excited for my first toy safari!”

Meet Beverly

Feature Friday

Today is Friday and we want to feature another creative who takes part in #SiPgoes52. This time, we interviewed Beverly aka @bevvypix from the UK.

Bev’s photography beginnings

My name is Beverley but most people call me Bev. I live and work as a pro photog with a history going back over 25+ years. Growing up in the 70s, my first camera was a 126 film camera. I loved the fact that I could record a moment in time and eventually look back on it. In the 80s I later progressed to a 110 format camera and then owned my very first film SLR. This interest in photos then enabled me to then work in a photographic lab where I learned how to process films and use chemicals in order to make an image.

Week 6 – Emotion

My passion was growing every day in the photographic industry. I became more and more captivated, and as the saying goes “I didn’t choose photography, photography chose me”. In the mid-90s, I was fortunate to use what I learned so far and travel onboard luxury cruise liners doing what I loved: photography. After two contracts I returned home and met my soulmate. This made me want to stay home here in the UK, so I decided to attend art college using photography as my direction. Continue reading “Meet Beverly”

Dino Surprise

Dinosaur Nostalgia and Dino Surprise

There are two things that make me incredibly nostalgic.

First, there is Space. Whether it is LEGO Classic Space, LEGO (less classic) Space from the 90s or Star Wars, it’s one of my oldest Passion.

Then there are Dinosaurs. As far as I can remember I’ve loved them. Looking backward, I think it might be because I grew up during a period with many great dinosaurs movies. I could cite “The Land Before Time” and “We’re back! A Dinosaur’s Story“. And of course Jurassic Park… It’s partly due to its commercial success (and technical achievement) we now have such great dino toys.

The first LEGO dinosaur figures released in 2000 as part of the LEGO Adventurers and LEGO Studio themes.

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There’s a new ride in town

La Chiron

Billund, Friday 1st June, 9:31 AM
We find ourselves in the LEGO House where the crew of Bugatti and LEGO are in the midst of revealing the latest masterpiece. The new LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. The inspiration for this plastic masterpiece is a mid-engined two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France, by the French ultra-luxury supercar brand Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
A powerhouse that goes from 0 to 400km/h and back in the blink of an eye (41.96 seconds to be precise).

Ready to interview

Continue reading “There’s a new ride in town”

Ray

A message in the morning.

As some of you may have noted in the last few days our little website was having a (few) bad hair day(s). I was blissfully unaware of the havoc that was going on until I woke up on Saturday morning with a message from Stefan asking if I also had some dreaded 503 service disconnections the last few days. Continue reading “Ray”