Exploring the Inner Child in Paris

I’ve talked a few days ago about the Inner Child and how it became my goal after our toy safari in Paris. It’s already been more than two months but… In this blog post, I wanted to share a few moments of that weekend that were all about exploring our Inner Child in Paris. Continue reading “Exploring the Inner Child in Paris”

Sharing the Adventures in The North of my Plastic Friends.

SiPgoes52 and the Inner Child

The Inner Child

We’re more than halfway through the year and it’s been time for me to reflect on the past months. It was particularly urgent to do so as I haven’t really analyzed where I’ve been and where I’m going since last December.

At that time, Boris chose Humanity as his last word of 2017. When he wrote about it, he mentioned that for the upcoming year he wanted to explore his inner child. I liked the idea immediately, but I never imagined that 6 months later, it would become one of my main goals too.

It took me 6 months, and a toy safari in Paris, to realize how important being aware of my inner child is to me. Continue reading “SiPgoes52 and the Inner Child”

Sharing the Adventures in The North of my Plastic Friends.

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.

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.

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.

My First Toy Safari

I finally did it.

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve finally met a fellow toy photographer!

I’ve wanted to do it for years. I’ve watched from afar, read articles on blogs about Toy Safaris in far-away lands and even posted the odd comment on Instagram and Facebook posts.

The thing is, toy photography has always been a very personal and private thing for me. Yes, I’ve chatted online and even sold some of my work, my friends also know about my toy obsession, but the actual creative process was something I’d always done alone.  Continue reading “My First Toy Safari”

Getting to finally meet you…

More than six years …

I have been on Instagram for more than 6 years, though I posted my first ever Lego photo early 2012. Ever since I have followed a lot of great toy photographers. After being a part of a community for so long, and looking at their photos every day, you start recognizing some photographers from their photos without even looking at their names.
I am certain that many of you feel the same way for some of us out there.
It’s not only the figures or the backgrounds etc. that make us recognizable. We all have a unique style that makes us different from each other. Continue reading “Getting to finally meet you…”

It´s the season of – a ToyPhotoSafari!

Ah, don´t you just love September in the northern hemisphere?

Summer is just rolling the dice trying to decide whether to stay or make space for autumn; still you have all these sweet memories of precious days off, maybe still finding some sand in your pockets from some beaches far, far away. The shelves of the supermarkets are being monopolized by Christmas cakes/cookies/chocolate.. (and did I just hear “Last Christmas” for the first time this year??)

This year September is feeling different for me. Every time I´m heading downtown I´m thinking about this month´s last weekend! Are there still better places to see? Will Petrus, our weather god, be merciful on us? Did we think of everything or what have we forgotten? If you´re asking yourself “Why? What´s going on in Hamburg on that weekend?” the let me reply” Oh my, it´s the weekend of the HamburgToyPhotoSafari”!

Yes, I´m already and definitely looking forward to be spending that weekend with old friends and new faces, roaming the streets of the city looking for interesting corners to take photos of plastic and to having a great time. I´m hoping to avoid some mistakes from my previous meet-up in the Archipelago last year (when near water, watch all your belongings; check on your equipment beforehand; local beverages,…) and am absolutely looking forward to meeting some attendees who so far I only met on Instagram. I´m also hoping to creating this a weekend to make those who will be there want to come back again-whether it´s for the people, the spirit, the architecture…

PackYourBags

If you´ve already booked a flight/train/hotel-
better pack your gear and toys like PerryPanda- I can´t wait to meet you!

If you haven´t but are thinking of giving it a go-
go and join the SiP goes Hamburg Facebook group to get more info on when and where and to help us planning as precise as possible.

If you haven´t because you know you can´t make it this time although you had wished to-
rest assured we will be thinking of you and sharing some moments on the social media under hashtags yet to be announced.

Stefan/@HerrSM

A Non-Belgian living in Hamburg, Germany. Curiosity-driven and mostly to be found on tiny adventures and great journeys.