A few years ago, I’ve made a small series of Lego Star Wars shots with my mobile phone from the Star Wars advent calendar, and instantly fell in love with these little minifigs and bricks! Since then, I've been trying to re-imagine the characters and locations from the world of Star Wars world through my toys – often using cinematic techniques.
I would like to express my gratitude to the team of Star Wars for creating such a fantastic worlds to be an true inspiration for my toy photography. In fact, if you didn’t know, they've been using miniature vehicles and terrains on many scenes. For example, a snowy scenes you’ll see on terrestrial planet Hoth, is using miniature Snowspeeders and a mix of microscopic glass bubbles and baking soda to mimic the snow! And all this happened long time ago in a galaxy far away...
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Here is a collection of comments I've received over the years that I would love to share with you:
"I've looked through some of your albums and I'm so impressed with how you bring lego figures to life using imaginative lighting and settings. I feel as if I'm looking at real people!"
"Jawdropping! Shots like this are all about timing and moderation and this is perfectly executed. And on a side note, i like this even more because of its originality. (Because frankly, ,it's like you don't get to see a lot of that these days). Also thank you so much for the add!" This comment was left on the photo titled as Arctic Blast Action.
"I have to admit that I'm more of a Trekkie (I like the Star Wars Movies, too, however), but this is great work here (your entire stream). It's fun to look at your photos, I suppose it must be as much (or even more) fun to create them."
Many years ago I saw the first Star Wars movie at a 12:00 matinee. At the time the ticket cost $1.50. It was an amazing movie in its day and was in the news. One woman interviewed had seen it 36 times, but I only sat through three showings. Although I did not realize it at the time, the influence of the groundbreaking 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet can be seen in Star Wars. You are very creative with your photography skills and your flickr page is unique!
"I'm a big fan. Even beyond the coolness of the of the figures, the staging and especially the light is great."
"So amazing! You give life to your figures like now one else."
"dude i have been seeing stuff like this lately, but your work blows them all away -- keep up the amazing work -- this is how joey L started his photo career you know ;)"
"Star Wars! Right On! There are some great, super creative photographs throughout your Flickr page. Well Done! & May the... (well, it might be too cliche to say that ;)"
"this is one of the most inspiring Lego projects I've ever seen."
"Wonderful imagination - really a pleasure wandering amongst your imaging landscape :-) . . ."
"I like your pictures a lot especially the ones taken in low light! It's not only the technique but also the setup, composition and creativity! Two thumbs up!!!"
"Truly captivating how you can create such a real-world feeling with such tiny pieces. Marvelous!"
"A really great fotostream, taking the viewer into a phantasy world, but stil feel just like in real. Fantastic creative fotography."
"You have got an awesome collection! It is very pro! Thanks for sharing!"
"My son LOVES your Star Wars photos, so cheers for sharing. :-)"
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Michael Paul Smith says:
" When I was young, before Legos were even dreamed about, I would set up my little plastic people and vehicles, along with cardboard boxes, imagining epic adventures. They were the most amazing stories that looked just like the movies.
Over 60 years later, I happened upon j5k's ART and like the flash of a blaster, it occurred to me he was actually creating what I had only imagined as a child.
After viewing every one of his photographs, I found myself giddy with delight accompanied by a profound sense of awe and respect.
Using only the most minimum of props, lighting and basic special effects, j5k has created scenes that rival the best cinematographers in the business.
His compositions bring to mind Ridley Scott, Coppola and Spielberg.
But wait, there's more. Not only is there drama, suspense, intrigue and tension in his images, there is Humor.
The vast ocean of the Internet stretches in every direction with the occasional island of something new appearing on the horizon.
j5k is one of those islands, but from what I can see, it has the real potential
of becoming a continent."
March 12th, 2015
Tyler Chung says:
"j5k is an absolutely hard-working and committed person. His shots are very well thought of and have the cinematic feeling to it."
July 28th, 2013
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