The One From The Rearview Mirror

Wow, Just Wow

When I came home from work the other day, it was already late evening. Work had been busy and I was tired. Still, I couldn’t resist opening a package that the mailman had delivered earlier. And I already thought I knew what was inside (an image had been shown on the landing page of TLG for some hours on February 1st). Then again, I wasn’t quite prepared for this level of awesomeness…

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Maria the First

From Poland to France

Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of the most remarkable Polish scientists.

She was born in 1867 in Warsaw. She had been revealing talents for science since her childhood, but at that time Poland, after the Third Partition, became part of the Russian Empire, and in the area of annexation scientific activity was limited. In addition, women simply were not allowed to study.

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Toy Photography, Hype, and Pop Culture Overdose

Does too much hype kills the hype?

Every time a new CMF series is released, my IG feed is flooded with pictures of the new Minifigures. While some people manage to buy them in stores before the official release date, I’m usually in the category of people who have to wait a few weeks to get them. Indeed, Finnish toy stores (and supermarkets) can be slow getting newly released LEGO sets.

I’m rarely in a hurry when it comes to getting something new, so it’s fine with me. But with the CMF, I noticed that by the time I can buy them, I’ve seen so many pictures that I don’t have any inspiration left to take pictures.

Getting from LEGO a couple of CMF to review for the blog has one advantage: I can play with the new minifigs before Instagram is invaded with pictures of them. It’s how I fell in love with Aria. Without the great opportunity to play earlier with her, I would probably have had very little interest in photographing her. She’s still today one of my favorite Minifigures, always accompanying me outside and still going out in front of my camera regularly.

My latest photo of Aria.

Sometimes, I can experience the same feeling of tiredness with “regular” sets. Lately, it was the LEGO Movie 2 Space Squad. It’s undoubtedly an amazing set. As soon as I saw the first official images, I couldn’t wait to buy it. But by the time I got my own copy in late December, I was already fed up with seeing pictures of the pink spaceman everywhere. So I gave up the idea of using the spaceman for any photo.

Pop Culture Overdose

But besides the more occasional hype coming with the release of new toys, I’m experiencing more and more that feeling on a whole new level. I’m getting tired of pop culture.

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Week 8 – Marie Skłodowska Curie

For the past three weeks, we’ve been exploring more contemporary but less famous human beings. This week, we are back with a more famous person that most people know at least by name, Marie Curie.

Born Maria Salomea Skłodowska, she was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, first in physics in 1903 and then in chemistry in 1911, for her work on radioactivity and the discovery of two elements.

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The Apocalyptic Contest

Well, it has been a while since we last unleashed some good old school creative “fun” contest. You know, one without too many rules. So we thought it´s about time we did it again. And what better occasion could there be than to celebrate the LEGO Movie 2 ?? With just that in full swing all around the world we want to get your creative energies back to the max.

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Lights in the castle

Light is Life!

We have already talked a lot about light on the blog.
We talked about the importance of light, about techniques like how to harvest the power of the sun for our pictures, about hardware like using a lumecube.

Yes, Light is Life! And it can be of any shape and size.
You can now find LEDs small enough to be used with our Minifigures and accessories directly inside our pictures.
Last year, I already wrote about it here on the blog. I used micro-LEDs in the new lantern accessory to make a cool wolf picture, and we used them, too, in our Creator Expert car project with TLG.

Remember these pictures?
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The LEGO Movie 2’s Suit Minifigures

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

I started to shoot LEGO a few months ago, so as a new member in the toy photography world I felt so happy when I heard that I could participate in that review project.

When I first saw that new minifig series on the internet, I fell in love with the giraffe suit guy and the crayon girl. SiP sent me these two and also added the Watermelon guy. That was pretty cool too.

Giraffe suit guy

Giraffe suit guy: « There’s a new animal in town. »

The giraffe suit guy is the new member of the animal suit minifig family. The other minifigs are crazy about that very tall guy who feels famous with all those animals around him.

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Week 7 – Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson is a well-known American filmmaker and I’m really excited we have his name on the list of SiPgoes53. For me, he is one of the greatest directors of the beginning of this century.

He’s the director (and the writer) of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel. A lot of actors are coming back in a lot of his movies: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Andrien Brody and Rob Balaban. Watching a new movie of Wes Anderson is like going on a joyful family meeting once a year!

Isle of Dogs

He makes movies with real actors but also stop-motion movies, that is close to the toy universe (from my point of view at least): Fantastic Mister Fox and Isle of Dogs, released last year. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend you watch them, no matter your age, you will probably love both movies.

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The LEGO Movie 2 Minifigures in the real world

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

When I heard that I will be participating in the creative review of the new TLM2 minifigure series, I was so happy! I started looking at product photos on the internet and thinking which ones I would like, and what I would like to do with them.

Then they arrived and they didn’t really care about my ideas.

Unikitty

The first one to jump into action was Unikitty. She is not the one that inspires me most, but that didn’t stop her from jumping in the snow.

I guess Unikitty loves snow as much as I do.

I guess snow is better than the apocalypse of her own world.

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Stars All Over The Place

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

Movies, Tales and a Confession

Here’s a confession I need to get off my chest: Although “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” is surely one of the sweetest melodies I have ever heard, I’d never seen the movie “The Wizard Of Oz” until recently. I hadn’t even read the book. And to be dead honest: I didn’t even know what the story was all about!

Of course, I knew the main characters: Dorothy and her dog Toto, the Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Lion. But what on earth were they doing together in this land called Oz? And why couldn’t I remember an image oft he Wizard himself?

Hadn’t it been for LEGO to include (most) of all of the above characters in their latest series of collectible mini figures (CMF) I’d probably never have found out. But the release of the gang was the ignition spark I needed to find out myself.

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