The Machines Are Taking Over

Finally Back In Billund

The last time I went to The LEGO House was quite some time ago.
Back in March, I went to Billund to pick up my copy of the Tree of Creativity.
I had planned to return just two months later in May.
And guess what. Covid-19 made me change my plans.

Yesterday, a good six months later I finally was able to stop by the Home Of The Brick on my way further north for some holidays.
And lucky me it was.
It turned out that yesterday was only the second day of a new attraction at the store inside Ole Kirks Plads 1. A brand new Minifigure Factory. Open to the public. And yours truly.

Your reporter in the field …
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SiP Goes On Safari 2020- Online Edition

The Story So Far

After yet another unforgettable toy photo safari in Denmark last year, happy expectations and joyful anticipations from both old and new friends had been expressed. Yours truly crew got together and figured out possible travel destinations for the 2020 meet-up. After passionate discussions, we agreed on the city of Tallinn in Estonia as our base camp. The rest is history.

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Everything was Awesome in Denmark!

Last week, two dozens of photographers gathered in Denmark for our annual toy safari, #SiPgoesDenmark. This post is a summary of what we did during those 4 days filled with pure toy photography and friendship awesomeness.

Thursday – Arriving in Billund

Late morning, the first people arrived in Billund, meeting at the airport for lunch. Then direction to the LEGO House where we spent the afternoon while waiting for dinner. In the evening we all gathered for a pizza. Then we headed back to the LEGOLAND Holiday Village, where we had a couple of beers before going to sleep. Indeed, we had to get some rest as we were starting very early on Friday.

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What do I bring for SiPgoesDenmark safari?

OK everyone! I’m giggling with excitement this week because on Thursday I will fly to Billund in Denmark to meet some crazy toy photographers for the SiPgoesDenmark toy photography safari!

As I didn’t take a lot of pictures this year, I’m looking forward to spending a long weekend shooting my little skeletons and talk about toys and photography with friendly people.

Unexpectedly, I managed to make my bag and my selection of toys this weekend. That’s quite a big achievement for me. I’m always doing stuff at the last moment. Hope I will not forget my bag on Thursday morning!

First, the toys

Of course, it’s easy for me, I’m taking all my skeleton family. But as my dog chewed one of them a few months ago and as they wear out quickly, I’ve placed an order to refill my stock. So I’m bringing a “fresh” family with me (as fresh as a skeleton can be!).

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SiP goes Denmark- The Agenda

The Story So Far

As most of you know, this year toy photo safari will take us to Denmark. Between the 27th and 30th of June we are going to spend some happy times taking pictures, laughing and creating memories with old and new friends alike. And finally we can share the detailed agenda with all of you. Including the final registration form that we want you all to complete. But first things first: the agenda.

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Floating Bricks 2019

We Simply Had To…

Last week we visited Stefan’s hometown and the holy grounds of FC St. Pauli´s Millerntor Stadion for a game of fuzzball Floating Bricks. After joining last year´s edition, we knew we wanted to participate and share our passion for toy photography again. Not just by “simply” printing big and hanging our work on the walls, but by inspiring and co-creating with the visitors and exhibitors themselves. We wanted to build a SiP Pop Up event like the one we successfully tried out in Skaerbaek last autumn.

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The Mustang Mission

Can You Keep A Secret?

It’s a grim-looking Friday morning and I’m sat at a bus stop in the wind and rain. I’m waiting. The bus is late but I’m okay with that because I’m not going to my day-job today. I’ve got my camera bag on one shoulder and a rather innocuous-looking carrier bag containing a very special LEGO set on the other. I’m on a top-secret mission into deepest Manchester’s city centre in search of the perfect setting. This is going to be a shooting session with the new LEGO CreatorExpert #10265 Ford Mustang.

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Cars and waters

Classic Cars and where to go to

We have already posted some articles about SiP’s photoshootings of LEGO’s classic Creator Expert cars. Today I’d like to share with you the look through my viewfinder. There may be many ways to approach “the next” photo project.
One simple idea is that it’s all about a vision.

You have an object.
You imagine a scenery where you see this object.
You think of a certain atmosphere, a mood.

And then it is all about finding the right location

All ways lead to…

Well, following the saying they all lead to Rome, Italy.

While this may be true, you know that we do have a special place in our hearts. It is reserved for a certain toy.

We’ve made it a tradition to celebrate our passion for toys AND photography. At least once a year we’re meeting up for a toy photo safari. Should you not have heard of this before then please visit some articles about Stockholm, Hamburg, London, Edinburgh or Paris.

But if you are already happily waiting for where to book your tickets to next, wait no longer. Looking at where the brick was born, we decided that next year’s ways will lead us to a little kingdom that is Denmark.

We’re going to Denmark

To be precise we’ll be meeting up for our next toy photo safari in the city of Aarhus. This may not exactly be the cradle of the brick. (Though, it’s just an hour drive away from it.)

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One year ago today- and what happened along the way

Time went by quickly

I know this is cheesy, but it seems to me the older I get, the faster time goes by. Right now it feels like it’s rushing by at the speed of light.

This morning Ian sent me some pictures from exactly one year ago and simply asked: Can you believe it? Honestly, I hardly can. One year ago we met in Edinburgh, Scotland for our annual toy photo safari. Looking back it was a short yet fantastic weekend meeting old and new friends, driving to the Highlands, playing amongst waterfalls and climbing hills and monuments. But that was only one year ago??

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