Stuck in Plastic at the Hermitage

The SiP Knights Crew

Last Saturday (June 5th) it was finally time … All museums were allowed to open their Doors again after being closed for a long time due to the COVID-19. So is the Hermitage who is located in Amsterdam.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

During December 2020, I received a message from Boris. He had noticed that there was a LEGO contest at the Hermitage in Amsterdam. LEGO builders were invited to become a part of an exhibition. The museum was calling for submissions of photos of LEGO structures depicting “mighty castles, knightly scenes and fantasy characters.

Anyone could have submitted a design. And a professional jury then selected the three best work from each category.

The Winners Creations

The nine winning creations were given a place of honor for three months scheduled for 2021. The new year exhibition is based on the Romanovs under the spell of the knights, on the knights balcony. The exhibition at the Hermitage, tells the story about the tsars and knights. On display are more than 250 objects from the collection of medieval art that were previously in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. And now can be seen until the summer of 2021 in Amsterdam. So the LEGO contest fits perfectly with this exhibition.

In Conversation

Boris and I talked about how it might be nice if we could also contribute through our creative toy photography. So I contacted the Hermitage and that’s how I ended up contacting Madeline.

I explained to her, that it would be fun to contribute providing 8 pictures from our Stuck in Plastic crew. Fortunately, she also thought it was a great idea. And a collaboration was established.

In February, The Hermitage Amsterdam announced the names of the winners of the major LEGO building competition. But restrictions meant that we had to wait to see the exhibition until they could open again.

The Open Day is Finally here!

Now it was June 5th, this was the day the exhibition could open to the public.

Having been invited last weekend to attend the opening of The Art of the Brick exhibition with all the LEGOMASTERS from season 1 & 2. And staying in a wonderful hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, I contacted Madeline to see if I could come by for a sneak peek on Saturday. To not only admire the winning builds, but to see our Stuck in Plastic photographs on display. And of course she said that I could!

On Display, by the Stuck in Plastic Crew

We had a wonderful time creating these and we are so happy to see them included in the exhibition. We would like to thank Madeline for all her help making this possible. The Hermitage exhibition is currently open and if you are in Amsterdam, then pop in and admire the wonderful displays and of course check out our photographs.

Photo by Chris
Photo by Maelick
Photo by Julien
Photo by Beverley
Photo by Stefan
Photo by Karine
Photo by Boris
Photo by Natasja

After my visit we can tell you that the story suggests They Lived Happily Ever After …

The End.

The Bevvypix Cut

Maelick writing his thoughts Looking Back at SipgoesTT last week has inspired me to complete the themes that I had not completed. There were three movie genres in total that I failed to finish for #SiPgoesTT. These were Comedy, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. I had the ideas but in the latter part of 2020, I was also finalising my final major project connected to my academic Master’s degree. Although, I have no excuse for not completing Comedy way back in July.

The Challenge

Previously, I had enjoyed taking part in the Stuck in Plastic yearly challenges and I had completed the 2018 project. Concentrating on 52 different values we set about to complete #SiPgoes52. This consisted of words/values provided each week for your own interpretation. Having completed this project, I set about publishing a book titled LEGO Life 52V.

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Twenty-Twenty Eight

Hey there. Twenty-Twenty is in full swing. Our new SiPgoesTT challenge is out and well kicked off, we have a new exhibition in the making on the other side of Planet Earth and we are eight now.
Yep.
We are eight.
Beverley, Natasja, and Chris have joined the crew and we are super excited to have them on board for our adventures in twenty-twenty and beyond.
Not with five, but with eight core crew members to keep you delighted with awesome toy photography and creative challenges alike in twenty-twenty.

No introduction required.

Our new crew members don’t need any introduction as they have been regular friends here on the blog.

Chris Rose

Chris posted his first blog post on why toy photography in 2016. Since then he has had many creative reviews and contributions and joined us in Scotland for a toy safari along the way.

If you want to read up or just browse Chris´ posts , we put them in a list for you.
And if you don’t follow Chris on Instagram already, then now is the time.

Beverley Thomas

Beverley’s first full blog post goes back to the summer of 2018 when she was featured in our Feature Friday series. Since then she has been a regular in SiPgoes52, SiPgoes53 and a creative contributor to our LEGO photographic reviews.

Here you can find all contributions of Beverley in one nice list and also Bevvy can be found on IG.

Natasja

Our third new crew member may be better known as Anna as she goes by the alias @by_a.n.n.a on IG. Natasja made her first official appearance on the blog in an interview with Karine for the Hispabrick FFOL interview (Female Fans Of LEGO) early last year. Since then Natasja has kept us all smiling with her contributions. From the laughter in our Apocalypse challenge to reviewing the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. set for LEGO.

Natasja’s posts can be found here.

Twenty-twenty eight

Please put your hands together and welcome Natasja, Beverley and Chris to the crew.
Twenty-twenty with eight it is.

And the first real event with all eight on the calendar in twenty-twenty will be our upcoming art exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, next month.
But more on that later next week.

The Five.
Welcoming The Three.
So we are Eight.

Best,

Karine, Julien, Maëlick, Stefan and Boris

The Eight in Twenty-Twenty

Week 21 – Anton Corbijn

A Photographer From The Netherlands

It is my very pleasure to introduce you to this week’s person in focus of our #SiPgoes53 series. Let’s have a closer look at the works of Dutch photographer, music video- and film director Anton Corbijn. Should you not instantly recognise his name but have a love for music, you will most probably have seen one or more of his 80+ music videos. Included are clips from bands like Metallica, Bryan Adams, Front242, Johnny Cash and Coldplay, to name a few.

Born in 1955, for more than thirty years now he has been the creative director of visual album design and stage designer for the tours of both U2 and Depeche Mode. He also made the last music video for Nirvana in 1994.

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The Mini

I was really excited when I received the email from SiP asking for some helping out on a creative project. And what a project. The opportunity to shoot this iconic car. I even woke up that night thinking about potential locations that would fit for this amazing set.

The comfort zone ...

There were a few go-to outdoor spots that I had used before, but I decided that I needed to test myself and step out of my comfort zone to come up with something new. Something original. Since it was mid-September and heading into autumn, I immediately thought of the color palette that nature would supply at this time of year. Colors complementing the racing green of the classic Mini. Images of the car, speeding along a country lane with leaves falling all around under autumn’s golden sun, started to emerge. I was all ready.

MINI more

For Your Eyes Only

Some time ago Stuck In Plastic contacted me asking: “We are looking for a creative photographer to join us in a creative challenge…”  It turned out that LEGO was looking to get some of its iconic cars shot by creative toy photographers. Did  I accept the mission? Of course I did. 

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Meet Ian

TGiF- Thank Godtfred it’s Friday again.

Hello, it’s Stefan on behalf of the SiP crew. Let’s sit down for a virtual cup of coffee and talk to a friend of our little blog about themselves, their photography and about the #SiPgoes52 challenge again.

This week I thought I’d be extra clever and offer a cup of tea instead as I was going to talk to Ian from Liverpool, England. Turns out I hadn’t done my homework precisely enough:
Our guest kindly asked for a latte with sugar. (He spent some time in France.)

But now, dear readers, grab yourself an euphorigenic hot drink of your choice, lean back and enjoy our talk. Continue reading “Meet Ian”

Meet Beverly

Feature Friday

Today is Friday and we want to feature another creative who takes part in #SiPgoes52. This time, we interviewed Beverly aka @bevvypix from the UK.

Bev’s photography beginnings

My name is Beverley but most people call me Bev. I live and work as a pro photog with a history going back over 25+ years. Growing up in the 70s, my first camera was a 126 film camera. I loved the fact that I could record a moment in time and eventually look back on it. In the 80s I later progressed to a 110 format camera and then owned my very first film SLR. This interest in photos then enabled me to then work in a photographic lab where I learned how to process films and use chemicals in order to make an image.

Week 6 – Emotion

My passion was growing every day in the photographic industry. I became more and more captivated, and as the saying goes “I didn’t choose photography, photography chose me”. In the mid-90s, I was fortunate to use what I learned so far and travel onboard luxury cruise liners doing what I loved: photography. After two contracts I returned home and met my soulmate. This made me want to stay home here in the UK, so I decided to attend art college using photography as my direction. Continue reading “Meet Beverly”

Meet Sacha

Back To The Future

If we had a DeLorean parked outside (the one with a Flux Capacitor, of course), we would take you all on a little physical time traveling. Unfortunately, there’s no time machine in our garden, so we can just offer the link to the original series of 2015. The series was called Feature Friday. The main idea was looking at the (toy)photographers behind their lenses. Continue reading “Meet Sacha”