To boldly go …

Growing up, and to this day, even, my absolute favorite genre of any media was Sci-fi; I was raised on classics like Star Wars, Trek, The Twilight Zone, etc., so I was very happy when I saw that Series 17 of Lego’s Minifigures had a Retro Spaceman, and even more excited to have the opportunity to review him for Stuck In Plastic!

Space themes are nothing new to Lego, especially the Minifigure range which seems to more often than not have at least one space related figure per series. However, this is the first mini figure that’s themed on early/mid-20th-century sci-fi designs, and I have to say, Lego did a great job with this Minifigure!

Right out of the bag, our spacefaring friend comes equipped with his helmet, his ray-gun (both of which are new molds to my knowledge), and his cape (which I personally think he looks better without). Continue reading “To boldly go …”

Photographing the blank spots

-I see spaceships
-Where?
-Everywhere.

A good friend of mine has this odd ability to see human faces in everything around him. A spit on tarmac or a shape of a lawnmower turns into an image of a face in his mind. It’s not just in his mind though, he photographs them so that he can show other people that he’s not crazy. Looking at the photos you also see the faces, you just never notice them there and then. I’m not entirely sure whether he’s happy with this trait called Pareidolia. Sometimes I get the feeling he would rather do without it. Continue reading “Photographing the blank spots”

The Town Without People

I was getting ready to shoot a post to SiP but I happened to come across with something that made me change my mind and I decided to post something different. It was a short film about one of my favourite photographers, Michael Paul Smith, I have been following his work in Flickr for years.

The photographs themselves have a beautiful haunting quality I’ve not seen anywhere else. With the old cars and houses of the imaginary small town of Elgin Park, the only living thing are the trees in the background, there are no people, yet the scenes seem more alive and warm than most photographs around. I love his work, I find it simply and purely wonderful. In 1/24th scale, no less!

Michael Paul Smith
“A 1935 Ford DeLuxe Coupe” ©Michael Paul Smith 2014

I knew the photographs but in the short film Michael Paul Smith himself turned out to be not what I expected. The glimpse he gives of the world his photographs come from is candid and quite rough at times. He makes a strong artist portrait in a film that lasts less than 10 minutes.

I know I will look at Michael’s photographs differently in the future, they are still charming as ever, but they seem much bigger now.

Elgin Park, a short film by Danny Yourd, have a look.