I tend to gravitate to photographing LEGO minifigures. They play out scenes, have expressions, and give life to photos. However, over the past few days, I’ve been playing around with my toys, and choosing to photograph some of the items used to give them that life instead.
In particular, I started with the beautiful translucent pink of Fairy Batman’s wings and wand.
I’ve also photographed Batman helmets and the pink umbrella. Pink was the starting theme for objects chosen. Objects that have been commonplace in my photos so far this year. But now removed from having a story attached. Allowing them to be the focus.
I ran out of pink objects pretty quickly. But I was still enjoying playing around with non-minifigure photos. So, I started thinking about the items within the LEGO accessory universe that appear time and time again in LEGO toy photos.
I started, unsurprisingly with the camera. This is the most important tool of the LEGOgrapher.
Then I moved onto maps. Again, another item that we use within our photos for all kinds of scenes. This is one of my personal favourites, as the sun was setting at just the right moment.
And finally, the red bike, with it’s ‘pop’ of colour contrast against the green of the garden moss. The bike that takes our characters places. The bike that gives them motion.
I feel like perhaps there should be deeper meaning in these photos. But at the same time, I think that meaning is quite a personal thing. We all use LEGO accessories in our own ways, to tell stories. And if that’s a hiker lost in the jungle with his map, or a Stormtrooper taking a photo in London, these objects help us achieve the story we want. They come with endless opportunities.
All it takes is a little imagination.
I’m not sure if this series of objects will be ongoing, or if maybe I will leave it for a while, but I think I would certainly like to play around with accessories some more and see where it goes. There’s something about the simplicity of these photos that really appeals to me. Something about it that leaves the story there for the viewer to find.