First, a little background
My name is Matt, also know as Hellbelly on pretty much every platform, I’ve been taking photographs for about 15 years, and taking toy photos for around 11, although over the last couple of years I’ve been suffering a bit of a creative slump, and have had limited time and inclination to take photos.
This is one of the reasons I’m going to Edinburgh.
Meeting toy photographers
I think the main reason I’m making the trek to Edinburgh is that in the real world (or as we old folks used to call it in the ‘90’s, “Meat Space”), I have no friends who are toy photographers.
I have friends who collect toys.
I have friends who are photographers.
But somehow those two bits of the Venn diagram never seem to meet.
So it’s going to be nice hanging around with a group of people who don’t think it’s weird spending 10 minutes trying to get a Lego mini figure to stand up in a stiff breeze, or who won’t stare in bewilderment when I explain why it’s funny photographing a particular toy in front of a particular building.
It’s also going to be interesting watching other people’s process, from what toys they bring with them to what cameras and lenses they use.
I’m a terrible over packer of both toys and camera gear. Trying to trim both down so they’ll fit in my camera bag is proving a little harder than I thought.
But I’m hoping to bring with me one or two more interesting subjects to shoot, along with all the usual suspects.
See you all in five days!
Stuck In Plastic.
The creative collective of toy photographers.