We kick off Lego week with a brand new and exclusive series from photographer Illan as he tackles several different themes and motifs throughout the shoot to show the versatility and diversity on offer when using Lego as the medium of your creative output.
As many of you already know, I started taking pictures of Lego bricks along with my usual Black Series photos. Lego has since become one of my favorite things to shoot. They are extremely versatile and I’ve been able to do a lot more experimenting with them. The following shots are a result of those experiments
I’m still walking aren’t I?
This is a recreation of a shot I did about a month ago. The first version was boring and I knew I could do better, so that’s what I did. I used a more expressive pose and and a different skeleton head. Ironically it makes the skeleton feel much more alive.
As for the meaning behind the photo, there’s more then one. The first could be a simple “dead inside” kind of vibe, but that’s not what it is. The way I see it is, no matter how hurt or damaged you may feel, you can keep going. Laugh right in the face sadness and keep on going.
Light & Shadow
Both of these pictures have similar meanings. Light cannot exist without creating shadows and shadows cannot exist without light. The two balance each other out. Much like Yin and Yang (funny enough I completely forgot about Yin and Yang when I took these pictures.) I think these two mini figures are a great reminder to expect bad and good things to happen in life. Or that even sometimes the most perfect and pure things in your life will have dark moments.
And that’s okay.
This is will be your greatest mistake
My favoUrite Joker origin story is the original one. Back when Joker was the Red Hood. I always found it ironic that he was a petty criminal before he met Batman. If he had never ran into Batman then he never would have turned into the lunatic he is now. Batman created the Joker. Batman is the real cause of hundreds of deaths. Maybe if he had stepped up and just killed the Red Hood then many people would still be alive.
But no… that would go against his moral code. The moral code that killed more people then it saved.
Fear of the unknown
I was inspired by the original Alien movies for this shot. Everyone knows that the Xenomorph was scarier because they showed it less in the first Alien movie. The audience wasn’t exactly sure what the Xenomorph was but they knew it was terrifying. This shot has a similar approach.
What sort of monster was able to strip those two men of their flesh?
Or was it even a monster?
Maybe it was a disease that cause those men to turn into skeletons.
The answer to those questions could be worse then whatever that poor hazmat guy thinks it is.
Not many people on my instagram know what my face looks like. But that doesn’t really matter. On instagram I am Uncanny Toy Photography. In real life I am Illan. With Lego I can bring those two worlds together.
I’ve had Lego my whole life. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had Lego bricks in my house. For awhile I didn’t even touch them. But now that I do toy photography I can bring back all of those memories in a new form. I also see this as a smoother transition into shooting Lego. While I still love shooting The Black Series, Lego is now going to stay as a staple in my toy photography.
This shot has no special meaning. I just really love Wall-e. I built this little Lego Wall-e years ago. I really need to shoot him more.
Another huge thank you to the Exclu Collective for giving me another opportunity to write about my photos. I really enjoy working on these.
A huge thank you to Illan (@uncanny_toy_photograhy) for helping us to start Lego week off on a high with this incredibly diverse series of shots that gives us an insight into his creative mindset and proves why Lego is such a popular medium for Toy Photographers throughout the community.