Capturing Emotion

LEGO and Emotion

A bit more than a week ago, when we celebrated the 60th Birthday of the LEGO Brick, I stumbled upon this post from The Brothers Brick with a nice infographic of what the LEGO Company did during each decade since its creation in the 1930s. It made me realize that I’m as old as the first minifigure facial expressions. It led me to think more about the relationship between emotion, feeling and toy photography.

From Fun to Emotion

I started to take pictures of toys because it’s fun. Eventually, it gradually became my main photography subject. Contrarily to the other photography genres, I find it keeps being constantly challenging as there’s always something different to photograph.

Although these motives still apply to me, the main reason why I keep doing toy photography is that it allows me to express my vision: feelings and emotions I can’t express in any other way. At the same time, I find myself taking pictures more often without thinking, and rather let myself be guided by my own emotions.

It’s why I selected this week’s word as one of the five words from #SiPgoes52 that I better connect with.

Emotions in Photography

I use a few techniques to share an emotion in a photo. One of them is the varied selection of minifigure facial expressions. And I’m definitely not the only one. (That said, I also rely heavily on elements not directly related to the toy I try to photograph, for example, light, color, and bokeh.)

For this month’s word, I decided to use a photo I took at the beginning of the winter. The CMF 16 Snow Queen has become over 2017 one of my favorite LEGO minifig. As soon as the first snow fell here in the North, I couldn’t resist going out to photograph her.

One of the reasons I love the Snow Queen so much, is because she’s the perfect minifigure to express what Winter in The North can feel like.

Emotions in #SiPgoes52

But facial expressions are not the only way to express emotions or feelings. Later this year, we will encounter words that describe emotions. I find that some of them are too complex to be expressed with a facial expression. For those, I will avoid minifig faces and rather rely on other aesthetics elements to express them. But that will be another story…

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Fun

Toy Photography and Fun

At first, fun seemed one of the easiest words of our little project. For me, fun is the main reason why I started both photography and toy photography. Some four years ago, I was looking for a new creative hobby. I ended up buying a camera, and after, I eventually went into the attic looking for my old LEGO collection. It’s been fun since the beginning and only keeps on getting more fun over time.

But because this word is so important to me, coming up with a single photo that best represents it appeared to be more difficult than I thought… Continue reading “Fun”

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Self-confidence

Self-confidence

Like Julien, the first thing that came to my mind when thinking about this week’s word is self-confidence. The truth is, I lack confidence. For almost everything’s I’ve done, both in my private or professional life, I’ve always underestimated my abilities to succeed. But looking back a few years ago, I’ve improved. And it’s in part due to toy photography. Continue reading “Self-confidence”

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Creativity and Play

Creativity

I’ve decided to use our first word of 2018 as a way to reflect on the past year. Specifically, I’ve asked myself what did I create last year? And how did it happen? I’ve found out the answer to creativity is often play.

Browsing through my Lightroom catalog, one character stands out of the others: T-Rap. Half Tyrannosaur, half Velociraptor, it’s a simple mix of two LEGO dinosaurs.

Although I can hardly pretend having invented anything truly original, it’s the only character I use in my photography that is not an “official” character from a LEGO set. So instead of making a new image like Stefan and Julien did, I decided to re-use the very first photo of T-Rap. (Or Frankensteinosaurus as it was first named back then.)

The Terror of London

But what made me create this weird looking dinosaur? Continue reading “Creativity and Play”

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Gathering Assets

In this blog post, I want to continue to talk about the lessons I learned from my summer project. This blog post is also largely inspired by my recent reading of Todd Hido’s  “On Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude”.

After my summer road trip, I had to take some distance from taking pictures.  Then, for the past four months, I’ve been taking photos at the same spot, with a very limited number of figures.

This is what I call “gathering assets”. (This term is borrowed from a few recent podcasts from Brooks Jensen.)

So what does it mean? Continue reading “Gathering Assets”

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Building a book

The book project

Back at the beginning of the Summer, Boris challenged us with making a book to show to our friends during our Scottish Adventures. More than four months later, I still haven’t really reported about it. I gave some hints about its content in my last blog post but that’s nearly all. Now that the amount of daily daylight is getting real short here in the North, it’s about time I reflect on it. (Moreover, this month’s word is “book“, and October’s month was “printing”.) Continue reading “Building a book”

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A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons

As soon as the winter started to reach its end, I began to think I should focus on a project during the summer. When Boris announced his plan of making us work on a summer project, not only I already had a few ideas, but I had already started to work on some of them.

Up to now, I’ve been quiet about these summer project ideas. I wanted to take the time to let my ideas mature before releasing anything publicly. The only persons who have seen the result of my summer photography are the old and new friends I met last month in Edinburgh.

But I think it’s about time to give a glimpse of what I’ve been doing for the past four months through a review of 3 LEGO Elves sets. Set 41172 The Water Dragon Adventure, 41175 Fire Dragon’s Lava Cave and 41179 Queen Dragon’s Rescue. (Moreover, last month’s word was LEGO after all!) Continue reading “A Review of the LEGO Elves Dragons”

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A Tour of Ninjago City

Disclaimer

According to Admiral Ackbar, the new Ninjago City set is a trap for AFOL. I’ve personally been hooked with Ninjago two years ago when LEGO released the Temple of Airjitzu as part of its big scheme to conquer the world make Ninjago appealing to adults. As soon as I saw the first official pictures of the Ninjago city, I knew I wouldn’t wait long before buying it. So do not expect this photographic review to be objective. Continue reading “A Tour of Ninjago City”

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Build your own Anton

“Where is Anton?”

Yesterday we announced our new contest. LEGO kindly offered us three copies of the Old Fishing Store to give away in our new contest. The theme of the contest is “Where is Anton?” Anton is the fisherman minifigure coming with the new set. Like Stacy, Julien, Stefan, and Stefan did, take a photo of Anton traveling with you.

But wait isn’t taking a photo of Anton in order to win his set a little contradictory…? Continue reading “Build your own Anton”

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