How can I (be) inspire(d)?

I started taking pictures of toys because of others.

At first, I had seen the work of Chris McVeigh, AvanautSmokebelch and Brett Wilson among others and what they created inspired me.

I wanted to do like them, but not exactly like them.
I was inspired but I did not want to copy.

I believe that our imagination does not have any limits so why going the simplest path and just copy the work of others.
We are creative people, so let’s create.

'There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.' - Eddie Van HalenClick To Tweet

Let’s focus on the first part.
What are my inspirations?
How do I get my ideas?

What is my recipe for making pictures?
What are the ingredients that inspire me?

As I said in my last post, I can get photo ideas everywhere so I write them down not to forget them. My ideas arrive when I don’t expect them: at work during a boring meeting (the best time I get my mind to float away…), during my daily commutes, in my shower (I don’t have waterproof sticky notes, though), …  Continue reading “How can I (be) inspire(d)?”

Some more reflection…

Before leaving the last station, I wanted to share with you one last thought on the subject. One last reflection about “Reflections“: my thought process when it comes to photographing toys.

To be perfectly honest, most of my pictures are made on the fly. Spur of the moment. When I am somewhere, I have some many minifigures with me and I come up with an idea, inspired by the location. Some ideas are good and some not so much.

But from time to time, an image or a concept pops into my mind. So I write it down. I am using for that some virtual sticky notes with Google keep (a free app on my phone), to trace my ideas. It all starts with a couple of words.

“A stormtrooper looking overboard a boat and seeing my sigfig for reflection”

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First station: Reflections

When I was asked by Me2 to participate to his little adventure, it did not take me long to say Yes. He did not say much but he invited me to write twelve articles on twelve mysterious words.

I have no idea what I am getting into, but I will play along.

'Life is a journey, not a destination” - Ralph Waldo EmersonClick To Tweet

I don’t know where I am going, but let’s put on some music, some acoustic guitar.

Hop on this train (*) with me and let’s see where it will bring us.
A journey to the unknown.
First stop: Reflections. Continue reading “First station: Reflections”

What’s In My Bag – Mitchel Wu Photography

Prior to toy photography I used to photograph weddings and portraits professionally. I was pretty well-outfitted in terms of gear because of this – with multiple camera bodies, a range of professional lenses, and multiple speedlights and light diffusing/modifying systems. I came into toy photography pretty well set, with the acceptation of a few accessories that are uniquely adapted to my style of toy photography. But the one thing I didn’t have was toys. Toy photography for most is a direct extension and result of their passion for toys. If toys are the chicken and photography is the egg, then for most the chicken came before the egg. But for me the egg came before the chicken. I was drawn to toy photography because I saw the potential to create amazing stories and images. And this reignited my love for toys, the one I had as a kid but somehow lost as I got older. Continue reading “What’s In My Bag – Mitchel Wu Photography”

My First Toy Photo(s) – by Ann @Miss__Feklista

I’d like to start my new story with thanking dear Shelly for this great fest of unity and creativity that she brings to us.

The more I tell about my hobby the better I know what the Time Travel is. After showing my Five Favorite Figures to you I had the impression that this adventure still lived in Present… And when I tried to reflect on the Past I was totally excited to realize that all my little heroes had the real Ancestors. Continue reading “My First Toy Photo(s) – by Ann @Miss__Feklista”

Nostalgia and Embarrasment: My First Toy Photo

When Shelly initially asked me to write a post about my first toy photo, I was hit with competing feelings of excitement and apprehension. On one hand, I knew it’d be fun to look back at my early work and see how far I’ve come as a photographer. On the other, I knew that it’d be tough, as an artist, to view my early work without a twinge of embarrassment. Judging by similar posts written by Shelly, Mike, and Boris, I’m not alone in either of these regards. Continue reading “Nostalgia and Embarrasment: My First Toy Photo”

Why? – The Origin story by Ballou34

Have you ever asked yourself why you were doing the things you do, the things that you like, the things that motivate you?

That is the question Shelly asked me. And to be honest, it is not an easy task.

It’s like asking Bruce Wayne why he became Batman or Anakin Skywalker why he became Darth Vader… Continue reading “Why? – The Origin story by Ballou34”

My 1st toy photo was a souvenir from Copenhagen

davirasm 1 of 5 castaways

Some say you never forget your first, so when Shelly asked me to write about my first LEGO photo I had it in my mind right away, but it had been a long time since I thought about it.

In 2009 I had been years since I’d bought any new LEGO. The LEGO I had was packed away sorted by set in boxes in my parents’ attic. So when I went for holiday in Copenhagen and walked past a toy store, a little LEGO set felt like a fun souvenir. Continue reading “My 1st toy photo was a souvenir from Copenhagen”