We recently got the chance to catch up with Olly and get his thoughts on the toy community as well as the experiences and inspirations that led to him becoming a member of our community.

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“I am a 15 year old from the UK, studying Art. I first got into photography back when I got a camera phone in 2013. I just loved the idea of capturing a certain emotion or feeling associated with an object, and my passion for photography grew from then on. I first started Toy Photography in December of that year when I got my first action figures, and thought it would be cool to take some shots in the back garden. I then started to upload my photos where I was introduced to a whole community doing exactly what I was (But maybe not in their back garden…) and discovered such great artists as @mr_gizmo_ and @sgtbananas. Then, at the end of last year I got a DSLR and the game changed as I could finally create the photos I had always imagined.

I would say my work is heavily influenced by films I have watched throughout my youth as the emotion projected through the framing and composition of a shot is what makes the scene in my eyes, so that is what I aim to recreate- Emotion. I also would add how I naturally just fell into this genre of photography by complete accident as I took photos of my figures before even realising there was such a great community of toy photographers.

 

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My style was formed from a use of the natural and rural landscape I live in. I discovered using the scenery and practical effects in scale with the figures captured in my shots brought them to life. My favourite thing is getting a comment saying ‘Thought this was a person in a suit’ as my aim is to use such realism that the figures come to life and can show the emotion and feeling of the character like and actor would on screen.

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My technique for capturing my shots is usually with a fast shutter speed and a collection of practical effects that just can’t be recreated digitally. This is to bring the shot to life and share the emotion with my audience. I also crop most of my photos now at a 16:9 aspect ratio to have a cinematic look to the photo and to add a touch of realism.
The Toy Photography community has a very bright future in my opinion. Not only is it a gateway for young photographers to get into the community by experimenting with different shooting styles or ideas that leads into a passion for photography or film directing; But it is also a creative outlet for so many individuals with great imaginations and creativity. Toy Photography allows anyone to recreate cinematic scenes or ideas from their own creation onto a visual platform for all to see.”
To see more of Olly’s incredible photography simply use the link below to go across to his Instagram page :
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