Sing a Rainbow

This week you may have all been wondering about the story behind @bevvypix’s latest series of images? Well today she reveals the story so far regarding #wheresbevvyspackage.

The Package

From time to time, we at Stuck in Plastic receive packages from our good friends over at The LEGO Group. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build and review the products inside these packages, which are then written about in our blog and shared on social media. You can check out so many different reviews written by our wonderful team. And if you are specifically looking for a particular product then you can just use our search tool here on the blog.

Colour Idioms

So why and what led me to create this series of images using colour idioms? Since attending the SiP goes Virtual Toy photo Safari I became influenced by the colour scheme portrayed in our images. I decided to look up colour idioms. Idioms are basically expressions. They are metaphorical in their meaning and should not be taken literally. For example, using phrases such as if a person is “green with envy” really does not mean that their bodies are green.

Spectrum of Light appearing #wheresbevvyspackage

ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues. This commonly describes making up a rainbow, and an easy way to remember the colour sequence. Historically, Newton chose to divide the visible spectrum into seven colours. Described, as a meteorological phenomenon, caused by reflectionrefraction and dispersion of light in water. This combination results in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

Sing a Rainbow

Growing up in the 70’s, this song became what I would regard as a bit of an anthem that children learnt. Nowadays, these lyrics remain embedded in my head, I can sing a rainbow or now known as sing a rainbow.

However, I often wonder about these lyrics written by Arthur Hamilton. In particular, pink is not actually identified as a rainbow colour, nor does the order perceive an actual colour spectrum.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes
Listen with your ears
And sing everything you see
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing along with me
.

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow
Sing a rainbow too
.

#wheresbevvyspackage

And so the story began, a little joke between us and the fact that I was missing some “important” parts required for our virtual safari story. Such as the all important brown chest. Yep a brown one! I had a golden chest, but in order for the story to flow between all participants, it was crucial that the BROWN chest appeared in all the images. Good job I can edit, simply because the correct colour chests arrived later on the Saturday.

So the story goes on …

Red Letter day

#bevvypix is waiting for a package and some how @stuckinplastic MisFits wrong delivery from the virtual toy photo safari two weeks ago has made its way to Wales, mmm #wheresbevvyspackage

Yellow Card

“I found Benny’s head attached to an elf of all things. Yep I was also missing a vintage spaceman too.” Awww Benny that’s an offside chest and a ‘Yellow Card’ for you coz it’s a fish not #wheresbevvyspackage #bevvypix thinks you’re funny. And the story goes on at Stuck in Plastic 

Tickled Pink

Receiving the wrong letters doesn’t make #bevvypix ‘Tickled Pink’ and the story goes on and on at Stuck in Plastic #wheresbevvyspackage 

Going Green

#bevvypix is sure that foxy Roxy didn’t get the memo from stuck in plastic. I’m positive #wheresbevvyspackage shouldn’t be full of carrots. Nevermind, today we are Going Green.

Purple Haze

“Purple Haze, all around”, and I don’t know if #wheresbevvyspackage has been intercepted by this clown. Now he thinks it’s funny to keep #bevvypix on the run while she waits for stuck in plastic to deliver that all important @lego chest/package.

As I had already shot these images before, I then decided on titles. I proceeded to post this image on the day it was due (hence the lyrics Sing a Rainbow). Then herrsm pointed out in a comment that the timing had ironically coincided with the passing of the great Jimi Hendrix 50 years ago on that day.

Orange is the new Black

With all the control measures in place, #bevvypix will wear a mask but she’s not going over to wear the dark side mask, well not today. The Orange side is #wheresbevvyspackage will be delivered I’m sure. I think these two were trying to tempt me to accept the wrong package, and tell me that Orange was the new Black. 

Out of the Blue

Then Out of the Blue, a notification that #wheresbevvyspackage has been scheduled and I wonder what is going to be inside? A spaceman perhaps or a stingray, some more fish or something to review???

Indigo and that my friends is a wrap

But wait there more … Stuck in Plastic forever and the packages just keep coming. Be sure to check out our blogs and reviews. You may even want to join our various themes and this years Twenty Twenty’s movie theme.

Composition – Part 2

Last time, we talked about composition being the organization of the elements of visual arts according to the principles of said art (in our case photography). We explored point, line, form, texture, color and the values as the basic elements of composition and created a padawan challenge for you. This week it is time to look at the guiding principles of harmony, balance, dominance, emphasis, similarity, contrast, and movement.

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The photos no one will ever see

I struggle with social media. I talked about it recently, here and on my own blog.

It’s been over a year now that I’ve had trouble finding the motivation to keep on with the various social media platforms I use(d).

Social Media Tiredness

I’ve been struggling with being active on social media as a viewer.

After a few years, a part of me feels like it’s always the same. I often find myself scrolling through Instagram, simply double tapping a few photos that caught my attention for more than half a second, and then directly jumping to the next one.

There are still many photos that amaze me. At the same time, there are so many photos out there that it’s hard to truly enjoy everything. It takes too much time.

Social media has become to me the fast-food of photography. It has nothing to do with the quality of the photos, but rather the way we consume it. Like fast food, social media is made to be consumed quickly and it doesn’t encourage you to spend enough time to truly enjoy someone else’s photography.

(For enjoying others’ photography, I find meeting with them in the real world, exchanging prints and hanging them at home to be more effective.)

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How I completed my photography project

A year ago, Boris told us about his idea for a project around 52 words. Even though it didn’t take long for me to feel impatient about it, at first I wasn’t excited. I couldn’t have believed that I would be able to complete this project and not miss a single week.

The problem with SiPgoes52

One of the reasons I wasn’t excited is that I’m not a fan of 52 (or 365) projects. Particularly, those where the goal is to take one photo a week or a day.

There are days or weeks where I’m not inspired or motivated enough to take good photos. Also, as an outdoor photographer, the weather is important and not always cooperative. Finally, in late December and early January, I was in Belgium where I would most likely lack time, motivation and inspiration for photography.

This meant I couldn’t start a project with completely new photos, nor have a common theme common across all of the 52 words like Julien did.

What SiPgoes52 was truly about

Picking old photos

I started my project by looking at photos.
Photos I had already posted.
Photos I had already taken but not posted yet.

Instead of taking photos, I was choosing photos. The challenge for me wasn’t about making a photo based on a word. It was about finding the words within existing photos.

I took this photo in December while we were planning SiPgoes52. After taking it, I knew it was a keeper and wanted it to be part of my photo project. So I browsed the list of words to find the one that would be the most appropriate. (It ended up being “sensuality”.)
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Pack your bag(pipes), we’re going to Scotland!

In 3 months, now, all the Stuck In Plastic crew and friends will gather for the next toy safari.

We will spend three days taking pictures of toys and basically having fun.

If you are not familiar with the concept of a toy safari, I invite you to read some posts from past participants who will join us once again for this incredible weekend.

After the previous meet-ups in Stockholm, Hamburg and London, it was decided to go on  the lands of William Wallace . So, this time, the safari will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 15th/16th/17th. Continue reading “Pack your bag(pipes), we’re going to Scotland!”

2,786 m under the sea

When Boris asked us to write, this month, an article about numbers, I was a bit puzzled.

'You don't have to be a mathematician to have a feel for numbers.' - John Forbes Nash Jr.Click To Tweet

There are so many numbers I could talk about, like the 3,098 Lego minifigures that I own (according to Brickset), the four spacemen that I use in my exploration series, the number 42 because of “H2G2” (of course), my #100_Shadows series or even the number 142,857 a number that fascinates me because of its mathematical properties. But none of those numbers are special or personal enough.

So, I decided to tell you a little story about me and my number (2,786).

“Numbers have life: they are not just symbols on paper.” - Shakuntala DeviClick To Tweet

A year ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time at sea on a vessel. Not the small boats that are used for leisure, neither the big cruise ship. It was a work vessel and I was onboard for work. That was a very unique experience that I really enjoyed. Continue reading “2,786 m under the sea”

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel is a Parisian.

He is a lover of good food, good wine and good art. He is a connoisseur of some sort. And, being 4 brick tall, he likes to wander around his own city: Paris, the city of lights.

Always carrying a baguette, he walks around with his small dog, a French Bulldog (of course). He wears a marinière (a striped shirt), a beret on his head, and a small red scarf around his neck.

Marcel, a Parisian in Paris

Marcel likes his city. He often starts his day at a café. His favourite one is “Le café des 2 moulins”. That’s where the movie Amélie (or Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, in French) was shot. A charming place. 

‘Can I get a coffee with my croissant?’ / ‘Are you sure you don’t want some grape juice?’

After a coffee and a croissant, he stopped by a “boulangerie” (bakery) to buy a baguette for the day. Leaving Montmartre (that’s where he lives), he passed by the Moulin Rouge and jumped inside a “Metro” (the subway). Continue reading “Marcel, a Parisian in Paris”

A trip to Japan: work travel and toy photography

12 hours…!

I have just spent 12 hours in a metal can to fly across the globe.

It’s Thursday afternoon and I have landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after a long trip back from Kobe, Japan. I was there during 2 days, for work.

My job demands me to travel a lot (in France and internationally). And, at the same time, I like my job and I like to travel, so when I am not at the office, I am happy.

I have been to the US, to several countries in Europe and to more “exotic” places such as Brazil, Australia, Taiwan, Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and now, Japan.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.' - AnonymousClick To Tweet

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On the subject of projects… and pandas

Why do we do projects?
Why do we start photographic projects?
Why do we launch ourselves in the daunting task of taking pictures on a regular basis or with particular constraints?

It’s intimidating, stressful and exhausting.
So why do we do it?

'Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.' - Stephen SchwartzClick To Tweet

When you tackle a project, you know that it will not be easy.
You will suffer but in the end, you will learn something from it.
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