Om Iets Aan De Wilgen Te Hangen

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Today Willemijn from the Netherlands will share with us her thoughts about some new CMF20 minifigures, some of their their dark necessities in particular and toy photography in general.

The Llama And The Pinata Boy

The little boy with his original pinata

The pinata boy is a happy figurine. It’s very colorful and just waiting to start the party. But wait, what’s this? There’s another pinata, a moving one…

Uh-oh, better run, little llama…

I really enjoyed this llama-pinata boy combination here because I think it worked so well with the ‘live’ pinata thing going on. Ok, maybe that was a little mean. I also like the garden pictures with the Mexican boy and the llama both on their own.

I spent a sunny afternoon in my friend’s lovely garden (with the proper distance, of course) and I was so happy to get out of the house for some time after having stayed in due to official requirements. One of my friend’s kids was just swinging in the hammock in the background and it worked out quite well capturing my relaxed mood that afternoon. 

Perfect summary of a wonderful afternoon

Ready For Lift-Off


I love the NASA fangirl figure, though I had some trouble finding the right set-up. Since I don’t use Photoshop or any other editing program to make attributes really ‘fly’ this was a new experience for me. I never used predesigned backgrounds either, so I tried this for the first time because it fitted so well. It’s a picture from an old rocket launch.

The analogue way to use a digital background fro a toypic

Every Athlete’s Dream

To be honest the Olympic girl gave me the hardest time getting started with. I hardly ever photograph the sporty LEGO minifigures, because I find it a bit more difficult to create funny situations with them. I like the one with the fungus though:

Training day

It’s made on a sportsfield at my work (a psychiatric ward). I thought the fungi looked quite interesting up close and worked nice as a decoration.

I also tried something with a dutch saying ‘om iets aan de wilgen te hangen‘ (‘to hang something on the willows‘). It means that you choose to quit a hobby or job and go on to find another. Since the games are not happening as planned I thought it was appropriate.

Picking up a guitar while waiting for the games to continue

I also tried to approach these Olympic Games called ‘Tokyo 2020’ with Japanese blossoms.

One day we’ll be here, united through sports

I love how LEGO minifigures have made me look at the world in a more creative way. Small everyday objects can turn into attributes or a funny scene with a minifigure next to it. Either when I’m hiking on a holiday or walking to my city centre, when I’m doing daily chores or watching a movie: I can get an idea for a photograph with the things or scene that I’m seeing. Being creative in this way really helps me relax after a long day at work and I’m hoping mabye it makes someone smile. At least it makes me do so.

Also Thank You, Willemijn

Thank you for taking us with you and sharing your visions and thoughts about these minifigs and beyond.

Willemijn’s approach to toy photography made appear familiar to some of you out there in front of your computers and various mobile devices. Why do you (actively or passively) enjoy pics of toys? Do you plan your shootings or rather stumble across situations by chance?

This review is part of a series of guest reviews by toy photographers from around the globe. To see all their amazing posts, just follow this link.

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