I tend to immerse myself quite deeply in work related projects, they are usually fast assignments that don’t last long, but if they bundle up or are longer than usual, they may get quite intense and leave very little room to focus on much else. The state of deep immersion never lasts long, though, and after a deadline, when the work is done, it’s gone.
I love my job.
There is this seemingly unproductive moment when you take a moment to pull yourself together after an assignment. You’re supposed to rest but paradoxically, that’s the moment when your mind starts to wander and leave room for ideas to emerge. When this happens there are but two choices: keep resting (but make notes) or relax while working on something you love. I usually go for the latter.
I guess I could put my ideas for toyphotography roughly to four categories as follows:
1: The simple ones that can be shot instantly. Like the Lego minifigure portraits, they take from 15 minutes to an hour to do.
2: Another type of simple ideas, but the kind that you just can’t get down and do instantly on the spot. Like going underwater to shoot toys. It’s simple but there has to be an underwater camera and there has to be clear water, neither of which I had access to when I initially got the idea. So I saved that for later.
3: The complicated ones. Like the snow or smoke photographs, they take time to set up and sometimes the cleaning afterwards can take longer than the shoot itself. These make nice photographs, maybe the best ones I’ve done, but finding the time or motivation for these has turned out to be a bit of a challenge these days.
4: The ambitious ones. Some ideas are complicated and need preparation, like the big X-wing fighter model I’ve been working on since last December. It was supposed to be a quick build, a testbed for another model, but, alas, here we are, still building. Well, it’s really finished by now, just a couple of details to redo.
I had an idea how I wanted to photograph it when I started but it doesn’t feel like such a brilliant idea anymore. See, this thing has taken about four years in total to come to this point. The models are not that easy to come by, took me two years to catch the first, and then there’s the build that takes months. This is a risk with the big ideas, over the long preparation time you lose the moment and perhaps the spark that got you started in the first place. What was rare four years ago is not rare anymore, Star Wars spaceship model photos are quite common these days.
Full time illustrator, part time photographer. As such, I created blizzards with Star Wars Lego and had an influence on how The Lego Movie looks like.