A Physical Exercise- For the Brain

When I first read Boris´ post Travel I was totally infected with the idea of his little exercise! I may not be a frequent traveler in terms of flying to Japan or road-tripping to the polar circle for the weekend. But having been introduced to that quote generator was great fun and I could easily think of packing some Lego and gear, hopping in my car and leaving my neighborhood for a mystery photo session out in the wild. Continue reading “A Physical Exercise- For the Brain”

There´s A New Chef In Town

Oh boy, the release of a new generation of collectible minifigures is almost in sight. Almost, as most of us will have to wait until May to be getting their hands on the long awaited pieces of plastic. In order to pass the time we asked some of you to photograph a very first wave of the new buddies and to write down their thoughts about them. Today we’re starting our preview with the first of fifteen (and one mystery) new characters from the Lego universe. Stay tuned as more previews are coming in shortly. Continue reading “There´s A New Chef In Town”

a Picture and the Story behind it

During today´s commute, I had some time to think about this month´s word: Projects.

I remembered Me2´s introduction quoting the Project Management Institute stating that projects have a definite beginning, a limited duration and an end. And I also remembered that sometimes projects may fail. And then I thought of..- well, it was another thing, but long story short:

My thoughts started with this month´s word Projects and ended with a certain picture I took the other day. Continue reading “a Picture and the Story behind it”

Save The Date- the 2017 StuckInPlastic ToyPhotoMeetUp

Time is rushing by at the speed of light. A London Toy Safari is just around the corner, most people will already be looking forward to a well-deserved summer vacation and Christmas is displayed in most everyone´s calendars, too.

There´s only one event that is missing: the 2017 Stuck In Plastic Toy Photo Safari.

This year it will take place on the weekend of September 15th/16th/17th.

If so far you´ve only ever read about past toy safaris and thought “Well, next time…” then this is your chance. Reserve the date. Continue reading “Save The Date- the 2017 StuckInPlastic ToyPhotoMeetUp”

Sticks and stones may break my bones (but rain will never harm me)

The other day I went for the most beautiful time of the year (that is beside Christmas and toy photo safaris):  holidays!

Preparations had been made:
a house had been rented on a small island;
tickets for the ferry had been booked;
the annual torture of picking a small selection of minifigures (who had been extra good all year in order to be traveling along) had been overcome.

When the time had come we hopped in our family car and went to our desired destination. Unlike the several holidays before this year I had made some plans on sticky notes for what plastic/where to shoot. I was familiar with the local conditions and knew exactly where I wanted my models to pose.
The camera gear had been packed.
Nothing could go wrong, right?

Well, almost… Continue reading “Sticks and stones may break my bones (but rain will never harm me)”

Because I can…

As the days are passing by and two o seventeen is growing older our journey of twelve words is with me wherever I am. Be it at work, on weekends when out and about or sometimes while taking a shower. The last days had me thinking about the word of February: inspiration.

What inspires me?
Or who does so?
What is inspiration to me at all?
A feeling?
A state of mind?
A signal that starts something in me whenever I notice it?

Two weeks ago Boris gave an insight into the origins of the word and about the different facets of it. Let me explain my idea of it and what it is connected with for me. Continue reading “Because I can…”

Happy Flowers and Chocolate Day

Whether you´re a hopelessly romantic person or rather a pedestrian one…
Whether you´re a florist or candy manufacturer or an allergy sufferer with diabetes…
Whether your religion is encouraging you on this day or it is telling you to renounce this rite… Continue reading “Happy Flowers and Chocolate Day”

It´s the season of – a ToyPhotoSafari!

Ah, don´t you just love September in the northern hemisphere?

Summer is just rolling the dice trying to decide whether to stay or make space for autumn; still you have all these sweet memories of precious days off, maybe still finding some sand in your pockets from some beaches far, far away. The shelves of the supermarkets are being monopolized by Christmas cakes/cookies/chocolate.. (and did I just hear “Last Christmas” for the first time this year??)

This year September is feeling different for me. Every time I´m heading downtown I´m thinking about this month´s last weekend! Are there still better places to see? Will Petrus, our weather god, be merciful on us? Did we think of everything or what have we forgotten? If you´re asking yourself “Why? What´s going on in Hamburg on that weekend?” the let me reply” Oh my, it´s the weekend of the HamburgToyPhotoSafari”!

Yes, I´m already and definitely looking forward to be spending that weekend with old friends and new faces, roaming the streets of the city looking for interesting corners to take photos of plastic and to having a great time. I´m hoping to avoid some mistakes from my previous meet-up in the Archipelago last year (when near water, watch all your belongings; check on your equipment beforehand; local beverages,…) and am absolutely looking forward to meeting some attendees who so far I only met on Instagram. I´m also hoping to creating this a weekend to make those who will be there want to come back again-whether it´s for the people, the spirit, the architecture…

PackYourBags

If you´ve already booked a flight/train/hotel-
better pack your gear and toys like PerryPanda- I can´t wait to meet you!

If you haven´t but are thinking of giving it a go-
go and join the SiP goes Hamburg Facebook group to get more info on when and where and to help us planning as precise as possible.

If you haven´t because you know you can´t make it this time although you had wished to-
rest assured we will be thinking of you and sharing some moments on the social media under hashtags yet to be announced.

Stefan/@HerrSM