These are some of David Levinthal’s most recent photographs from his Star Wars Series Attack of the Bricks. I had never seen this work before so when I came across it I was quite shocked and interested to see that he had moved from photographing railway model figures to Lego. But then I realised that he photographed Barbie’s which were very popular at the time, and Lego is very popular at the moment. I really enjoy Levinthal’s photographs of models, I can see one and instantly know it is one of his photographs. So many people are doing Lego photographs at the moment, me included, that there is a risk for images to be lost in everything, but to me David’s still leap out as being works by David Levinthal. It is the backgrounds in most of his images, the short depth of field reduces them to blurs of colour, just like in these photographs. Thats how I know they are Levinthal’s work.
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I borrowed one of Pete’s lenses that would fit onto my Lumix camera, he said it was a macro lens. I really liked using it, it was hard to focus at first but I got used to it after a while. I only took a few photographs to try out the lens, I really like the results and I will peruse more macro photography for my project.
On this blog Dan took a photograph of a Lego mini figure each day of the year, mixing his love of Lego together with his love of photography.
Looking through the images, I am amazed how he managed to find the time to photograph one set up a day. As Lego is hard to set up, and to get it right for a photograph. Most are simple set ups, but he would still need an idea, the right figures and objects and a title/caption for the image.
Stanley thought he was having that dream.
“Now here, students, we see the area of this table is 36 square feet.”
For the 1st term of year 2 my final images were a set of photographs created with Lego following the theme of the seven deadly sins. This was a project I really enjoyed doing and one that I put all my effort and time into getting right. I decided I wanted to enter my Lego work into the exhibition, so I had to get it professionally printed.
I had to rework the images a little bit before getting them printed, because I had noticed in my final prints for the module that they were a little dark. I used photo-shop to make the images lighter slightly, so that hopefully they wont print out dark from the printing shop. I didn’t want to lose the dark feel to the photographs, and I think I just managed to keep this in the new prints.
The print shop in the Coventry University arts building is good at printing professional prints at cheap prices so I went there. I had seven pictures printed at A5 size, because my Lego images need to be small so people lean in and look closely at them. I really liked the results.
Coming up with an individual idea for a project is hard, especially when I have to add meaning to my images as well. So it took me a while to think of photographing the seven deadly sins in Lego. The meaning to my images may be hard to get without the writing underneath but I would rather the viewer made up their own meaning, instead of taking my ideas of seven deadly modern sins. I have used the palate knife filter on all of my images to give them an old-fashioned painting look which will fit in nicely with my picture frames.
My image for envy is stealing from someone because you don’t have what they have. Being envious of what the person has worked hard for. This may not be a sin by the definition of the word, but to me I feel people should work for what they have and never hurt someone else to get it.
My image for greed is a Lego figure surrounded by material things, this could be money or objects which the Lego bricks represent. I lit this image using candles to achieve the eerie, evil atmosphere. I decided to add the flash of fire in, as I was inspired by the Christmas Carol films, how the three ghosts visited Scrooge. So this fire can symbolise a ghost or anything the viewer choses.
My image for sloth is a Lego man asleep in bed. This is symbolising the generation of people on benefits that don’t go looking for work. Or believe they will get more money by being on benefits than working. It is a sin to be spending benefit money on drugs alcohol or anything that isn’t to keep a person alive. This is the Jeremy Kyle generation. I’m not saying all people on benefits are sinning, just a select few.
My image for pride is a man admiring himself in a mirror. This is symbolising the people who focus more on looks than personality. It is the people who get plastic surgery to enhance their looks. The people who call others ugly to make themselves feel better. This is the sin, making others feel bad to make yourself feel better. There is not a blue print of beauty, everyone is beautiful.
My image for gluttony is a Lego man surrounded by junk food. I don’t think eating junk food is a sin, but in excess it can turn someone obese and ruin their life. I really enjoyed taking this image, I found it fun to arrange the sweets around the Lego man and to make it look like he was eating the muffin. It took me a while to get a good image in my opinion, but I kept changing the lighting until I got an image I was happy with.
My image for lust is a Lego man surrounded by stockings and a choker. This hints at strong lust and a longing for contact. I couldn’t make my image too graphic using just Lego but I think this image portrays the message well. I like how the shiny hearts reflected the light from the candles and gave the scene a slight pink hue.
My image for wrath is of a Lego man murdering another Lego man with a knife. I chose to use a large human sized knife to keep the theme throughout the images going. Murdering someone is a sin, in my mind if you inflict that much pain on someones family the same should happen to you. To say bring back the death penalty would be wrong of me, but there needs to be a better system for punishing these people….but then thinking about it isn’t this idea the sin of wrath, so there’s nothing we can do just teach them to be better people.
I think envy was the only sin that I had a clear idea of how I was going to photograph it before I started researching. I hate thinking about somebody stealing from someone else who has actually worked for the things they have. This makes me hate the human race more the way people dont seem to realise we are all the same, they still hurt others and that is like hurting yourself. Stealing from somebody should be a sin especially when the victim has worked for what they have.
For my final image I chose one that had the candle light hitting the necklace. I wanted it to shine out of the photograph and for the Mona Lisa to be recognisable on it. I also wanted the background to be dark to keep the eerie feel of my pictures.
Wrath was one of the hardest sins to come up with an idea for. This was because it is not just to do with anger but more revenge towards somebody. I found it hard to think of anything, but once I had an idea I stuck with it and photographed it. I really like the outcome for this sin. I used red wax for the blood so it would look almost real but go with the toy feel the Lego gave. I wanted the ‘killer’ to be in the background, almost hidden from view so that the image felt more eerie and mysterious.