Just before the festive break, we had the chance to have a chat with Benedek Lampert to hear about his experiences and back story as a Lego photographer.
With Lego being one of the most widespread and beloved toy brands, it’s no wonder that there is such a large portion of our photography community set aside for artists and designers who work so closely with it. Benedek is one such artist and here’s what he had to say…
“I started this LEGO photography – or I would say “legography” – in June 2016. I had some attempt earlier, but then I hadn’t enough technical knowledge and suitable equipment. For example: Camera, Lens etc. I love to take pictures and I am a big fan of Lego, so this combination isn’t surprising. On the other hand, I got some inspiration from Vesa Lehtimaki who is a Finnish Lego photographer.
I like to make a varied collection with this series, so I have to think of scenes which include dynamic or funny moments. The photos aren’t related to each other, so I can make different scenes which may be an accident, moody moment or drawn from fictitious Star Wars action. Because of the different situation, I had to build varied scene or find suitable places outside. The most important thing: I didn’t use any computer manipulation for the photos except three pictures which include a little Photoshop effect because I couldn’t avoid it – (The firefighter image). The smoke on the right is Photoshop effect because I couldn’t make levitating smoke in the street.
The whole series took me about a month to complete. One photo usually takes me 3 hours or so, as I usually first imagine a scene in my mind, after that I try to carry out in front of the camera. Sometimes I spend many hours with a theme, but even so I don’t get an acceptable picture. In this case I waste my time, and I have to start again. Another important thing is the light – I use a flashlight in almost every photo. The set of the lights is really difficult, but this defines the mood and spectacle of an image.”
To see more of Benedek’s incredible portfolio of shots, be sure to head over to his Instagram page @aquila.photo where you can stay up-to-date on all his upcoming projects. If you haven’t already be sure to check out our 3 finalists for our “Word Of The Month” challenge and cast your vote for who you want to be our winner and as ever leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts.