Artists

BENEDEK LAMPERT

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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