Self-development during toy safari

It is so personal and yet I want to share it. My first safari was so magical and awesome, I couldn’t have imagined it better. The awesomeness took me by surprise. Although I read all the posts about past safaris and how amazing they were, I was still not prepared for the reality of it.

For the first time in my life seeing other people posing toys in front of a camera, talking about toys, talking about other toy photographers that I only follow on Instagram… It made everything that I only knew online so real.

The memories

Julien came to pick me and my friend up at the airport and drove us to the hotel. We talked about minifigs and how his colleagues come to his office just to admire his wall of toy photos, and it hit me. All of this stuff about toy photography I read online is REAL!

It’s completely normal to talk about toys, it’s completely normal to have minifigs as decoration in the car, it’s completely normal to have some minifigs in my bag all the time. That’s where I started to get on a little cloud.

Our driver's car
Our driver’s car

Then we met at the Lego store. First some introductions, and after doing some shopping, Boris started to build a set outside of the store. My cloud just went higher.

After that was the first dinner. While we were waiting, Lizzi and Maelick started to pose toys around a beer bottle, lighted them with the help of a diffuser. And after dinner, we received welcome packs, which everyone immediately unpacked and played with. The little cloud I was on got me to heaven and it would stay there for the whole safari.

Playing in the middle of dinner
Playing in the middle of dinner

It’s like falling in love. When everyone was laughing I was so warm inside. Seeing everyone together, not leaving anyone behind, helping each other with anything… Can it be real? This island of happiness and safety and fun?

I felt so motivated to do things! Not just toy photos, but other things as well.
I had so much energy even though my body hurt and was exhausted.
I was so happy and content.
I felt peace, and zen, and happiness :)
Like the world is good again :)

Now I’m trying to hold on to this feeling any way I can. I go over photos, I anxiously check Instagram for any photos from the safari or just from the attendees, I talk to some of the photographers and just generally try to keep the spirit alive inside of me.

The past

I will never forget the feeling during the print exchange, it was like Christmas! And one of my favorite photographers let me keep around 10 of his photos!
Stacy gave everyone an awesome keychain to remember this event.
I took a photo of a really old LEGO car, that isn’t built, but in one piece with metal wheels, one of the first ones.

A really old LEGO car
A really old LEGO car

I had strawberries and raspberries with lime for dessert (really great combination!).
I will never forget that in Paris everything is just a 10-minute walk for Parisians. Unfortunately, not many of us were Parisians, so it took us around 30 minutes to get anywhere.
The chocolate cake I had at the end of the second dinner was amazing.
I played with the famous Revoltech Woody figure.
I put the hat on Maelick when he was resting (napping) so he would look like the minifig in front of him that Stacy was taking picture of.

Taking pictures while napping
@shtacyp taking a pictures of Maelick napping

Making a sigfig photoshoot.
Stefan’s camera stolen :(
Sitting in front of the Louvre, chilling and taking photos.
Sitting next to a fountain, chilling and taking photos.
“Sailing” on a fountain.

The boat race
The boat race

The dinner at Julien’s.
The Eiffel tower where I couldn’t go to the top because my brain snapped and freaked out.

Me at the Eiffel tower
Me at the Eiffel tower

Disneyland, where I let others talk me into going on the Hyperspace mountain and not liking it.
Disneyland, where I spent some time in caves, wandering around in almost total darkness.
Disneyland, where I went through shops with Maelick, my shopping buddy, mocking the same toys and deciding what to buy.
The tiredness after Disneyland with the loud Spanish family in the train.
Toys’r’us, again with Maelick, going through all the toys.
Seeing everyone checking out toys unjudgementally, it doesn’t matter whether they are “for boys” or “for girls” or “8-12 years”.
Talking about anything and everything.
Lots of walking.
Lots of laughing.
Lots of fun.
Lots of toys.

The present

Now every time I see an avatar or a name I recognize from the safari, my heart skips.
We were there.
We survived it together.
We enjoyed it together.
We know each other’s faces.
We played together.
We laughed together.
We were part of an awesome group.
All thanks to guys at Stuck In Plastic, especially Julien, who organized this safari perfectly.
I would like to thank everyone who was part of this safari for making it so magical for me and I hope I helped to make it magical for them as well.

The future

During the safari, I learned it’s okay to like toys, to take photos of them, to buy them, to play with them. Even at my age, or older.
I learned it’s okay to take photos at any time.
I learned how stories on Instagram work.
And I got some confidence in traveling.
Now I feel free, untethered, and I want to travel.
I don’t feel so connected to the place where I live now.
I want to show my love for the North, like Maelick does.
I want to go there, I want to learn Norwegian and just enjoy everything that’s there.
In my last post, I wrote the warning about life-changing decisions because I’m on the verge of making one :D

How is that for self-development?

Having fun with little pieces of plastic in Czech republic. So far, my dog haven’t eaten a single Lego piece. And I haven’t stepped on one.

SiP went Paris 2018

After several toy Safaris around Europe, in Stockholm, Hamburg, London or Edinburgh, it was time to visit Paris.
It was the second time for us to be in the City of lights, after an exhibition at Le6Brick earlier this year.

#SiPgoesParis2018
#SiPgoesParis2018 – Picture by @Ballou34

The edition of SiPgoesParis 2018 was awesome.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed this event:

20 people from 7 countries (Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Turkey and France),
around 50 km of walk during 3 full days,
hundreds of LEGO minifigures,
thousands of pictures taken,
and very little sleep…

But let me share with you a “10-minute” taste of what happened between June 15th and 17th.
Just follow the guide!

Follow the guide
Follow the guide – Picture by @Nutelasabe

The famous monuments

A weekend in Paris means that some stopovers are unavoidable.
We started the weekend at the Eiffel tower. Even though we arrived relatively early to avoid tourists, it was not early enough and we quickly shared the spot with a few wedding photographers.
Continue reading “SiP went Paris 2018”

Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.

Excited for my first toy safari!

In a week, I’ll be in Paris

As the date for the Paris toy safari draws near, I get more and more excited and nervous.
There is a plan to go to Disneyland, yay!
There will be so many great photographers!
I will be a part of something I have only seen on the internet that looked so fun! What if it will be weird?
Will my stomach with allergy behave?
Which toys should I take?
What weather should I expect?
Who are these people I will meet?
Why am I doing this again?
I decided to reply to that last question because I have no answer for the rest of them.

Me & my travelling crew
Me & my traveling crew

Continue reading “Excited for my first toy safari!”

Having fun with little pieces of plastic in Czech republic. So far, my dog haven’t eaten a single Lego piece. And I haven’t stepped on one.

Week 9 – SiP goes Paris

Community

This week’s word is community. According to our good friends at Wikipedia, it is defined as:

community is a small or large social group of living things who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values, or identity.

We’ve seen in this week submissions both the idea of geographical community or virtual community.

Particularly, community relates strongly to the toy photography community and to us here in Stuck in Plastic. As a community mostly active through social media, it fits in the category of community centered around a virtual space. However, creating social connections in the physical world and expanding our community into real-life relationships is also important to us. This is why we organize each year a toy safari

So what better way, than sharing some more details about the 2018 edition of the Stuck in Plastic toy safari as part of this weeks word, community!

Here goes … Continue reading “Week 9 – SiP goes Paris”

Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.

Fun

Toy Photography and Fun

At first, fun seemed one of the easiest words of our little project. For me, fun is the main reason why I started both photography and toy photography. Some four years ago, I was looking for a new creative hobby. I ended up buying a camera, and after, I eventually went into the attic looking for my old LEGO collection. It’s been fun since the beginning and only keeps on getting more fun over time.

But because this word is so important to me, coming up with a single photo that best represents it appeared to be more difficult than I thought… Continue reading “Fun”

Sharing the Adventures in The North of my Plastic Friends.

SiP goes … in 2018

2017 is almost over but here at Stuck In Plastic, we are already planning 2018.

I hope you all enjoyed our reports about our last toy safari in Scotland (the review, the #1Toy2Share activity or Chris Rose experience) and maybe you were even able to attend our small exhibition during Bricklive Birmingham. We all had a blast there. Since we want to have fun again soon, we’ve already started planning the next one. Continue reading “SiP goes … in 2018”

Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.

#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive

Life.

If you follow the blog, you might have noticed that not much happened in the past week. Julien is on a non-disclosed island somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Boris is hanging out on some Big Inc. event in Amsterdam, Stefan is deep down in new challenges, and well, Maelick is crunching numbers in Northern Finland. It is that thing called life. It catches up with all of us and we hope we will catch up with the plastic side soon. Continue reading “#SiPgoesScotland2017 at Bricklive”

Stuck In Plastic.

The creative collective of toy photographers.

SiP goes Scotland was a blast!

SiP went Scotland.

It’s been more than a week since our toy safari in Scotland became history, but we haven’t reported about it on the blog yet. Between the Where is Anton contest, the LEGO House opening, Skaerbaek and the Ninjago Movie madness, it’s finally time to tell you how great this weekend was.

Here’s a little summary of our adventures.

Friday Morning

In the morning the ones to arrive first in Edinburgh met for a quick walk to the castle, while some others tried to fix the transport of the day (an adventure on its own). After some quick lunch and food toy photography, it was time to take the first real dip into the hometown of Harry Potter himself. We managed to visit some of the key Harry Potter locations in the city center such as Victoria Street, Candlemaker Row, and Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The first toy photo of the safari in progress!

Greyfriars Kirkyard

Kirkyard or fancy word for historical graveyard is a toy photographers dream, and before you knew it everyone was exploring locations, leaving no stone unturned. Well, kind of. Continue reading “SiP goes Scotland was a blast!”

Stuck In Plastic.

The creative collective of toy photographers.