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”

The Robot Built for Work

A couple of weeks ago I got an interesting assignment from an old client of mine. I had made illustrations for them in the past but this time they wanted a series of photographs made with Lego figures. One of the photos would have to deal with the future of employment, for which I would have to build a Lego robot. Encouraged by the recent flow of tiny Lego robots here and there, most notably this fab little critter from Mike Stimpson, I accepted the challenge. Continue reading “The Robot Built for Work”

My Holiday Trip with a Killer Robot

In the summer of 2013 we made a family trip to Greece. I’m not much of a sunbather so I grabbed something to go as we left, just in case. Even though I had never photographed on the run like this, I thought I’d simply keep a door open for it for the duration of our trip, nothing more. I had no plan, no aim, I was on holiday. Continue reading “My Holiday Trip with a Killer Robot”

to new beginnings

This time of the year it’s almost impossible not to think about the fact that the year is coming to an end with Christmas right around the corner and the New Year quickly following.  This time of the year inspires me think about new possibilities, maybe even more this year because I have, like all of us in the collective, been selecting my crop of twelve good photographs for 2015. My selection ended up with only ten best pictures for 2015. Once I had finished my book I started to  long for a new one, a new beginning, with new possibilities. Maybe I should start a new project when the new year begins?

I have done yearly projects before, so I’m not in the mood for another 365- project (taking one picture a day for a year); that isn’t me right now. But I would like to make a well-defined project and I want that project to be a challenge!

My first thought is I should start where I am. I have looked through my work and tried to define what I have been doing during 2015. My goal has been to see if there is an embryo of a project in my previous work that I can evolve to a yearly-project for 2016. There seems to be something their, but I can’t decide on which idea I should go for. Should I do more of the abstract toy-photography that I like so much but that no one else seems to understand that I create on purpose? Or should I go for the family project that I have been working with since November? Or should I think of something totally new? I can’t decide!  Maybe I ought to create a series of pictures with Shelly’s robot, that I love and adore?  Maybe it could create a response to the work she’s already has done and most of us are familiar with? As I have already stated, I can’t decide which direction should I go in.

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I want to explore new grounds, learn new things because just as Reiterlied said in a comment ” One of my biggest fear is to stop learning.” Right now I don’t know which direction I should choose and why. I’m caught in indecision; I don’t know which project I should pursue.

Kristina

Are you thinking about any new photo projects for 2016? If so, what are those projects about?

 

Confessions of an AFOL – A Response

I am sure this is not the response you are expecting from yesterdays post Confessions of an AFOL – Part 1 by Pinar. I think the comments on this post  cover a lot of territory and you should give them a read. It is not for me to criticize LEGO,  I generally vote with my check book, so my thoughts took a different direction.

I enjoy many aspect of this worldwide toy photography community and I am blessed to have so many international friends who willingly share their lives and cultures with me. It has been a wonderful and enriching experience. Occasionally I get a glimpse of my own country through foreign eyes and honestly, it always makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I just have to read The Short News (which originates in Australia) for some cringe worthy story emanating from the US.

Yesterdays post by Pinar (who lives in Turkey), really got me thinking: If LEGO is a Danish company with a world wide global fan base, why are so many of their sets based on pop culture and entertainment products that originate from the USA / Hollywood? Like Pinar, I have been feeling  lackluster about sets like Back to the Future, The Simpsons and now Scooby Doo. I am not a fan of the entertainment / pop culture that the US spews out on a daily basis and it makes me sad that it casts such a long shadow over the LEGO corporation.

Sure licensing is not new to LEGO and many attribute licensing the Star Wars franchise as key to turning the company around financially. No one can deny the success of the Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings sets either.  But what about the Lone Ranger Movie sets? Sure these gave us Tonto, one of the coolest mini figures ever, but is that enough?

Personally I would like to see Lego develop more sets from their Lego Ideas platform along the lines of Peter Reid’s Exo Suit, NASA Mars Rover, the Birds and of course the Research Institute. To me these sets offer a wider range of play not just a trip down memory lane.

But then maybe I am wrong and you guys would like to see LEGO develop a line of products based on The Brady Bunch next?

~ xxsjc

What kind of sets do you think LEGO should produce? Free play, nostalgia or movie franchise based sets?

The Sea Casts its Spell
The Sea Casts its Spell by Shelly Corbett

Practice Makes Permanence

I want to thank Me2 for holding down the blog while I was distracted with real life. I certainly had grand ideas about posting once or twice during my travel week, but that never actually happened. What did happen was I practiced my craft…every day.

I went into this travel week with high expectations. With our group show just around the corner I was hoping for just one more killer image to include. As the week progressed I realized that the most important task at hand was not the perfect image but practicing my craft. I took the focus off the perfect image and focused on practicing what I love to do: macro toy photography.

My daughters piano teacher once said to her: “Practice makes permanence.” While this seems pretty obvious for learning the piano, it also works for photography. With practice you get faster at sizing up any outdoor location and lighting situation as a potential backdrop. I have also learned which mini figures work best for me; not every mini figure is created equally. Hopefully with more practice in the coming year those killer images will become more frequent.

As we move into 2015 I could talk about high flying new years resolutions, but honestly I think that simply continuing to practice my craft and push the boundaries of what I have already put into place will be challenge enough.

~ xxsjc

Did you make any photography new year’s resolutions?

If you did, is there anything we can do to support you?

Robot Sunset