Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie 70606 Spinjitzu Training

Blog, Lego, Photography, Review

My latest LEGO set review for ToyPhotographers.com is up, just in time for this week’s release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie! The set is 70606, Spinjitzu Training, which comes with two minifigures and a fantastic little dojo.

You can read my review, and check out my test shots, here!

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Art as Therapy

Blog, Lego, Life, Photography

Has life got you down? Art can help.

My latest piece for Toy Photographers was the hardest one I’ve had to write, but definitely the most honest. I’m having a hard time, with both depression and political frustration (the threat of nuclear war and goddamn Nazi rallies will do that to you), and have learned that I can lean on art, specifically my art, to help. Art is extremely therapeutic.

You can read all about it in my article here.

Sometimes, art is the very best medicine.

On Revisiting and Remaking Old Work

Blog, Lego, Photography

When I began my foray into LEGO photography in 2013, I had neither sophisticated equipment nor a deep understanding of photography in general. It’s now been 3 years since snapping my first LEGO pic, and I’m still not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I am more confident in the skills I have developed, and more in touch with my personal style.

As I’m sure is the case with many artists, I look back on my old work with a mixture of fond nostalgia and slight embarrassment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with all that I’ve done and how far I’ve come, but I can’t help looking back at some of my old photos and wishing I’d let the ideas marinate a bit, or allowed my skills to develop more, before taking them and releasing them into the wild.

I’ve long wanted to recreate a few of my old photos, just to see if I could improve upon them now that I have a better handle on who I am as a photographer (and, honestly, now that I have actual lights and not just an old desk lamp). 2016 is the year that I really want to truly grow and evolve as a photographer, and as such, it’s the year that I finally accept that challenge.