Let me tell you something… in confidence

Confidence…
I am looking at a blank page with the word “Confidence” written in capital letters in a corner. And nothing comes to mind.

That was me a few days ago starting to think about this week’s picture: “confidence”.
Creativity”  seemed easier to me and with the rules I set myself for this project (more on that later in another blog post), I had difficulties to find a proper idea.
Looking at the whole list, I know that I will get this blank feeling again in the next weeks.

So, I looked at myself, at my past, my feelings and the first idea arrived.

Confidence as in self-confidence

Confidence
[kon-fi-duh ns]
Belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance

Self-confidence has always been something I struggled with.

Strangely enough, I don’t mind speaking in front of an audience (whatever the size, and I spoke in front of hundreds of people). Whether it is to speak about my work during a conference or as an actor during a play, when I am on stage, in the spotlight, I am not really me. I play another version of myself: a character who looks like me and has my knowledge but he is full of confidence because he does not want to disappoint his work or his fellow actors.
In those cases, I know what to do or what to say (and I feel like a fish in water improvising on stage) and confidence is my friend.

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.Click To Tweet

It’s more in my daily life, when I am myself, that I lack this “safety blanket” and I don’t feel confident enough to share my thoughts and feeling. That’s when I freeze and shut down.

So, the first picture that I had in mind was to have a stormtrooper about to speak in front of a large audience, frozen with fear and looking for some self-confidence.

And for this one, I tried different things. I started with an overhead view of the stormtrooper facing the crowd, but I thought the story could not be understood easily.

Confidence 1.0
Confidence 1.0

So, I lowered the point of view of my camera and had the stormtrooper face me with the big crowd in the background. I find this second one much better.

Confidence 1.1
Confidence 1.1

But confidence has several meanings.
After this first idea, I was confident enough with this word. So I decided to also explore another meaning of the word.

Confidence is also a secret

Confidence
[kon-fi-duh ns]
a secret that is confided or imparted trustfully

As I told you, I have trouble sharing my feelings with others.
But sometimes, you need a lot of self-confidence, to really tell people what you think, either openly or in confidence. And that is the subject of my second picture: a stormtrooper confiding his own feelings to a friend.

Confidence 2.0
Confidence 2.0
The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.Click To Tweet

The more I think about this 52-word challenge, the more interesting I find it.
It will be a way for me to reflect upon myself.

Maybe with this project, I’ve found a way to express myself to the world, in confidence.

Julien / Ballou34

Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.

Week 1: Creativity

Week One of the new year is coming to an end.
For some of us, the working life is about to start again tomorrow, while others (like yours truly) have enjoyed their first weekend of the year. We started this year with a completely new challenge. A challenge we explained in detail in the last week (52) of last year in this post.

52 weeks. 52 words.

We are embarking on a year-long exploration of 52 words.
52 values and emotions and everyone can join at their own pace.
You can pick up one word a month, you can follow us on our rhythm and explore a word a week or you can just cheer along.

The 52 words of 2018 – here is a PDF version if you want to play along.

And when we shared the challenge earlier last year, we knew the four of us were committed to exploring this. We liked last years challenge. We talked about the new one extensively in our chat and hangout sessions. Yet we had no clue if you would be interested in this.
A leap of faith.
An open invitation.
Another acoustic invitation to play.

And what a response we got. Old and new friends alike joined the challenge, and I am sure you will inspire others to join in this exploration of words with us.

Your Week One.

In our first week (at the time of writing, somewhere on a sunny afternoon in Sweden), we got 27 entries from creative people all over the world posted on our IG platform of choice.

If you don’t follow each other on IG yet, now may be a good time to connect. This is not some kind of “like for like” or “follow me” scheme, but the values we will be exploring are all human values. They are what makes us this species that walks on this planet while taking pictures of toys.  Sharing our values, our stories, across the globe. Connect and interact. Engage and explore each other’s creativity.

And in a mixed order only IG can explain, here goes:

thomas_thoresen_brickprawnzeatmybonestomekskogbrickologielegomommy_golegojacherrsmlegoschmidtfubikenblueberryhillsforeverreiterliedlegocllcmister_bricksam.i.artistelegoteam_cmlegobeckybrickcelonadonaldsshadowlegorunnerbevvypixballou34legobysussiancockaynelego_minifig_photosrobp787_me2_

And there are others that will join us for sure in the journey. Like Karine asked, you don’t need to shoot LEGO. Any toys, even wooden ones (sorry, silly joke) are more than welcome to join the SIPgoes52 challenge.
And some will come later today or early next week, like Sacha1982.
And that is OK.
There is no pressure.
No need to post.
Everyone’s own (acoustic) rhythm.

My first week.

So, what did creativity mean for me in my images this first week? Continue reading “Week 1: Creativity”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

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”

Sharing the Adventures in The North of my Plastic Friends.

Beginning(s)

To tell you the truth, it was difficult to write this blog post.
It was a struggle for me to select a word for the 12th month of the year.

Should it be 'conclusion', 'ending', 'finality'? Click To Tweet

I like order and for me, every story has a beginning, a middle/development and an ending.
I don’t like endings. It means that everything stops afterwards and I hate that.
When I read a book that I enjoy, I always take a break before reading the last chapter. I don’t like endings.
So, the more I was writing this blog post, the more depressing it was getting.

Then, it hit me during New Year’s Eve.
The end of the year is not about ending things. It’s about new beginning(s). Continue reading “Beginning(s)”

Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.

Happy and Creative New Year

Twenty Seventeen is dancing away. And Twenty Eighteen is tiptoeing in across the globe. A ballet of sounds, fireworks, and celebrations around the globe. We hope you have all enjoyed the last eve of the old year and are ready for a creative journey in the new one with us.

52 Words

As we mentioned last week, we have a full packed year of creativity ahead of us.  52 words we will be exploring. Fifty-two values and emotions. And our random generator kicked Creativity as the first word of 2018. Continue reading “Happy and Creative New Year”

Stuck In Plastic.

The creative collective of toy photographers.

Week 52 – A new challenge ahead

We are in the final countdown to the new year. And so what better way to start the new year with a new challenge. A challenge made up not of twelve words, but fifty-two this time.  Fifty-two words. As many words as we have weeks in twenty eighteen. You see the plan coming. One word a week. A slightly different acoustic challenge this time. Sharing one image a week with the word in mind. A challenge we kindly invite you all to join. With as many words as you want. At your own pace. Or in ours. You choose. Continue reading “Week 52 – A new challenge ahead”

Stuck In Plastic.

The creative collective of toy photographers.

Humanity

Every photographer has these kinds of questions when looking into the viewfinder.
What about my aperture.
My focal length (or should I say glass).
Or my shutter speed.
Yet, I am sure some of us will have wondered along the lines of Gaugain.

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? - Gaugain, Toy Photographer at heart Click To Tweet

These are eternal questions our species have asked itself since the olden times.
Not just Gaugain.
From folks like Anaximander (/æˌnæksɪˈmændər/; Greek: Ἀναξίμανδρος Anaximandros; c. 610 – c. 546 BC) to Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) and his latest book, Origin.
A book I can warmly recommend.

Toy Photography, Please?

So what does this have to do with my toy photography? Continue reading “Humanity”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.