Week 4 – Marilyn Monroe

From last week´s natural scientist and great observer Charles Darwin to this week´s person for our challenge, it may seem a long way- yet it´s just a week. Let´s put our hands together for an actress, a singer, a model and a film producer.

Welcome Norma Jeane

Human being of the week for #SiPgoes53 was born as Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1962. Many will know her baptismal name, Baker, better. And probably everyone will know her as Marilyn Monroe.

Just a naive blonde?

In a lifetime of “only” 36 years Marilyn Monroe managed to become an icon. She started her career as a model. Having been a very ambitious woman she moved on to become an actress. Dying her brunette hair to blonde and straightening the curls may have added to her appeal, but the roles she was offered led to the image of a “naive blonde”. In a man-dominated business MM still managed to convince her critics and the audience with her talent and her repartee.

Her eventful life had it´s ups and downs. A difficult childhood, stays in many foster homes and an orphanage may not have appeared to have been the best basis for a career that was to follow. Yet she managed to become the most photographed woman of her time. MM was married three times, won a Grammy and was immortalized by artist Andy Warhol. Her early death in 1962 still remains mysterious.

Iconic screen prints Marilyn from 1962 by Andy Warhol in ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. Yes, Aarhus, the city of this year´s toyphotosafari. A coincidence?

A Penny For Your Thoughts

What pops up before your inner eye when you think of Marylin Monroe? Is it the woman in a white dress standing on a subway grate? Or do you think of the famous Warhol paintings? Maybe there´s a song that comes to your mind? Her seductive “Happy Birthday, Mr.President”, her happy “Diamonds Are A Girl´s Best Friend” or rather Elton John´s “Candle In The Wind”?

We are definitely looking forward to seeing your ideas.

When posting your images on social media please do not forget to add the hashtags #SiPgoes53 and  #SiP_Marilyn_Monroe so it´ll be easier for us and everyone else interested to find your contributions.

Happy thinking and snapping!

Week 3 – Charles Darwin

This week, our human being is the father of biological evolution, Charles Darwin. Originally a naturalist and geologist, his famous voyage around the world in the 1830s led him to make observations. As a result, he noticed differences between species and varieties of living organisms and fossils. These observations led him to conceptualize natural selection as the mechanism responsible for biological evolution. Moreover, it led him to believe that all living organisms descend from a common ancestor.

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The Elves are going 53

At the end of 2018, while I was about to complete #SiPgoes52, I was already looking to what was coming next. As soon as we started to discuss #SiPgoes53, I was excited. But at the same time, after putting so much effort in #SiPgoes52 during 2018, I didn’t know whether I could do it again for a whole year.

Like last year, I wouldn’t be home during the holiday season, and defining a project revolving around a rather specific idea (like Julien did) wasn’t really an option as I wouldn’t have time, energy, motivation and/or inspiration for taking new photos.

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Week 2 – Cleopatra

For this second week of #SiPgoes53, our human being is the oldest woman of our list.

Cleopatra

Descendant of Ptolemy I, a general of Alexander the Great,
Cleopatr
a was the last Greek ruler of Egypt. She is also the first member of the Ptolemy dynasty to have learned the Egyptian language. She is famous for having had an affair first with Julius Caesar, and then Marcus Antonius. In addition, Caesarion, the son she had with Caesar, was the last pharaoh of Egypt. Following her suicide (with a snake), Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire.

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Welcome to the Apocalypse

LEGO does it again and turns January into a collectors month of awesome pieces. First we had the classic gas station. And now we get the Apocalypse Burg which is the feature model of The LEGO Movie 2. The movie which will be released on February 8th in most parts of the world. If you don’t want any further spoilers then do not read on, as we will reveal some of the characters which will give away some of the movie plots. That said, the set already was leaked in various social media, and so it may sound as old news to some of us.

If you want to see the full set ahead of the movie, do read on …

A look back at a year on the Death Star

That’s it!
My #SiPgoes52 project is finished.
1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 52 pictures.

At the time, I am writing these words, I have just finished editing my last picture in the series giving it its final name “32_Humility.jpg”. (Yes, I had to get back on the horse with this project after a long summer break. So I did not make them in order at the end.)
It’s a bitter-sweet moment…
On the one end, I am really happy with what I accomplished. I am proud of my pictures. I am relieved that I was able to finish in time.
But on the other end, making the 52nd picture, the last one, means that it’s over. And I hate things that end. I hate saying goodbye.

The full project

So, to help me with cope with “Post Project Depression”, let me share my feelings about this past year, my ideas for the future with this project, my “best something” pictures and show you the big picture to discover a secret hidden story.

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Week 1 – John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

As the first of the 52 human beings we will explore in 2019, we chose J.R.R. Tolkien as a relatively easy one.

Tolkien is most famous for being the father of modern fantasy literature and creating the world of Middle-Earth, filled with Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and Dark Lords. The books of the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion have inspired for the past 70 years, generations of movie makers, modern fantasy writers, illustrators, role players, game makers, musicians and of course… toy makers an photographers.

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A happy 2019

Well, it is that special day of the year again. The last day of 2018. The crossing to a new year. A year that is called 2019 (yep, it is a sequel) and we won’t keep you with long posts looking back on what twenty eighteen brought to us (that is normally reserved for the beginning of twenty nineteen), or long new year speeches and promises. Nope, all of that is (maybe) for a later time.

For now, stay safe, enjoy the turning of the year with friends, family and maybe some toy photography.

We will be back next year.
The SiP Crew.

A little behind the scene …

Just that little xtra

LEGO decided earlier this year to create smaller little polybags with those little xtra‘s we as toy photographers tend to buy complete sets for. When they were first released we raided the LEGO store in Billund and were planning to do a review of this toy photographer’s delight. But as with so many small things, time passed by and so did the freshness date of these polybags.

And then we got a mystery mail from The LEGO Group if we were interested in reviewing the brand new LEGO xtra 40341 set.
No more info.
And of course, we said yes. Since Julien got the Minecraft sets to review and Stefan took the the speedcars , I ended up with the mystery xtra set. And I have to admit I was curious to see if the polybag series would continue or we would enter the next level of awesomeness in the xtra series.

A few weeks later I got an envelope in the mailbox, with three LEGO xtra 403411 sets inside (yes, three, do read on, there is another little giveaway coming up (you did see our speedcar giveaway, didn’t you).

Three little bags of the set 40341
Yes, do read on, there is a little giveaway coming up …