SiP goes Cape Town

No, Cape Town isn’t the destination of our next toy safari.
It’s the sequel to SiP goes Korea.

More than a year ago, we exhibited our photography in an art gallery in Daejon, South Korea, after Suné sent us a most mysterious email. This time, she asked us to hold a pop-up exhibition in a café, in the city center of her hometown of Cape Town.

And of course, we said yes.
So here we go again.

Two dozens prints from a total of 8 toy photographers will be on display at Crust from February 6th to February 18th and tell some of our stories of 2019.

Two dozen prints carefully selected.
Each image telling its own unique story.
Printed with love on fine art paper.
Wrapped and packed, ready to go to Cape Town.

Boris will fly there (together with the prints).
And just like last year, some of us will join for the grand opening using the magic of the Internet.
And you are invited.
Online or in-person at the grand opening in Cape Town on the 6th of February at 18:00. The opening is part of Cape Town’s famous First Thursdays series and so there will be plenty to see, including toy photography this time.

Right now the crew is selecting their twenty-four images and making sure no dust is to be seen…

PS. Here is the FB event. Feel free to join or forward to people you known in Cape Town.
PPS. And if you are a toy photographer (or always wanted to be one) and are living in Cape Town, let us know and we love to meet up before, during or after the show.

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

Composition

We launched our SiPgoesTT challenge for twenty-twenty last week and asked you to take a leap of faith and select three of the works that spoke to you. The initial response was overwhelming and if you haven’t explored your fellow toy photographers, you should. If you were on the brick of joining and haven’t done that, don’t worry. You can still do that now or later.
We are just getting started.
With composition.
And a new challenge for you to complete.

Click here to discover the challenge (long post ahead)

Nineteen is a wrap

It is a wrap

Nineteen is a wrap. At least in some parts of the world, and in others, it is just around the corner. Some people make long lists, reflections, and promises for twenty. We just want to wish all of you, from all of u,s a fantastic and safe year ending and a great start of the new year…

See you all in twenty!

The SiP Crew

PS. This photo was taken in the epic 2019 SiP goes Denmark toy safari.
PPS. We do have quite some interesting adventures and news for you in twenty twenty, so stay tuned for more. Next year.

My best skeleton pictures for 2019

After reading Maëlick’s article about choosing his best 2019 picture (and how hard it is!), I wanted to try the same exercise on my side.

Obviously, it’s much easier for me, as I didn’t post a lot of pictures this year and I didn’t shoot a lot either.

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SiPgoes53 is (almost) over

And here we are, entering the final week of SiP goes 53 with Coco Chanel, famous (and actually quite controversial) French fashion designer. But instead of writing about her, we asked those who tagged alongside during this year what was their favorite person or photo of the year.

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“This will all end in tears. I just know it.”

Let me tell you of a man

Some years ago I stumbled across a feed on Instagram. The name of the feed pointed out clearly that most of the content was about hotdogs and burgers. Clearly something I was interested in. I followed that account and saw that its owner was visiting my hometown. I texted him and we met in person. That’s a long story short of how I met Lasse.

Find the passion

It took us quite some time to find out that we shared another passion (other than just eating out at Havnen’s Perle in Aarhus, for those who remember our last safari). It’s the passion for a construction toy, a system or plain and easy: the brick. Lasse and his wife even received LEGO as a wedding gift from their friends! What a base to start a marriage from!

From idea to reality

The other day when I showed Lasse one of our SiP custom minifigures, he seemed instantly hooked. I’m supposing that an idea instantly took shape. Not much later he came up with the idea of a custom minifigure of his company’s mascot. Some designing and fine-tuning later he had a draft. Lasse contacted a printer (great work, Lars!) and got his vision printed on a mini torso. He was so happy (and maybe also a little inspired by the first postcards he received from our Xmas card exchange) that he took his creation out and about and took his first toy photo (with his phone)! (Let’s see if we can get him into LEGOgraphy as well…)

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Week 51 – René Magritte

This week’s human being is Magritte, one of the most famous surrealist painters. The idea of including him on the list came from wanting to include painters.

When I think of painters, there are names that come first. Like Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Picasso, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, and Magritte.

It seems natural to me for Magritte to come among the firsts, but maybe this is because I grew up in Belgium. If I try to go back to my oldest memories of paintings, I think of “La grande famille”. But I would expect it’s not the case for most people. Thus, Magritte seemed like an appropriate non-obvious choice for SiPgoes53.

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Finishing SiPgoes52

The year is almost over. And with it, SiPgoes53. It is time to reflect. Look at the past year. See what was done, what worked and what didn’t. And start planning ahead 2020.

But before, I want to go back in time. Back to 2018 and SiPgoes52.

Over a year ago, I wrote about completing SiPgoes52. Completing the project meant was that I had at least one photo for each word. But the project was far from over. Back then, I said I wanted to make something concrete out of it.

The plan that didn’t work

My initial plan was to go over the photos, select the ones that matter, and write proper captions. Then, I would focus on making something real by printing them.

I first managed to go down from 52 (or 53 actually as there was one photo I decided to redo) to 27 photos. This was easy as it consisted of removing photos I wasn’t happy with, those that did not fit well the original word or the words that weren’t that important to me. But then it got more complicated than expected. And took more time.

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