More than six years …
I have been on Instagram for more than 6 years, though I posted my first ever Lego photo early 2012. Ever since I have followed a lot of great toy photographers. After being a part of a community for so long, and looking at their photos every day, you start recognizing some photographers from their photos without even looking at their names.
I am certain that many of you feel the same way for some of us out there.
It’s not only the figures or the backgrounds etc. that make us recognizable. We all have a unique style that makes us different from each other.
Yet, despite “knowing” many of you, I don’t really know any of you.
I have never met a toy photographer from another country in person.
So, this toy safari will be a good opportunity for me to finally meet some of the people, whose photos I have liked and posted comments for so long.
Finally, I can put a face on some of the nicknames I know.
Meeting Toy Photographers
The first time some of the folks behind Brickcentral had a toy safari (I think it was a small gathering in Seattle rather than a safari), I really envied it.
And I still do every time fellow toy photographers gather in the US or Australia.
Having said that, I couldn’t attend the recent gatherings in Europe.
I know London pretty well, though I was unfortunate to miss the Hamburg trip, where I have never been before.
I have never been to Edinburgh, other than a half-day business trip on a freezing February a few years ago.
So this will be a good opportunity to visit such a beautiful city and have the opportunity to photograph it, with and without Lego.
Old and New Perspectives
Here in Istanbul, I go on toy-photo walks mostly by myself on a rather regular basis on weekends, walking around my extended neighborhood with some Lego minifigures. I also like to meet with some photographer friends (both toy and non-toy) once every few weeks. In addition to socializing, these meet-ups are good for learning new stuff from fellow photographers.
And that’s another reason I will be coming to this trip: you can always learn new techniques and perspectives from others.
See you in Edinburgh…