I’m always amazed at the creativity of people – I love it when I see things that make me say “Wow – I wish I’d thought of that!”
For example, I just ran across a website run by a guy called David Eger. This site hosts a photo project called 365 Days of Clones in which David posts a daily photo involving Star Wars clone trooper action figures.
365 Days of Clones is a daily photo project starring several Phase I Clone Troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic. The photo project began on January 1, 2011 and is scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2011. As the title suggests, a new photo is taken each day and added to the running total. Some photos relate to historical events or photos, some relate to what "day" it is and some feature the Troopers just fooling around.
David goes on to say: When creating a 365 day photo project, it can be very difficult to choose which images to use. This being the case, I decided to create 365 "Alternative" Days of Clones. This secondary daily photo series is a continuation of sorts of my original series, 365 Days of Clones. Our Phase I Clone Troopers from the Grand Army of the Republic still play a leading role, but are often accompanied by other characters. As an added twist, occasionally the 3.75 inch figures are replaced with their LEGO counterparts. This photo project also began on January 1, 2011 and is scheduled to conclude on December 31, 2011.
Of course, speaking of Star Wars and Lego immediately reminded me of that incredible funny video on YouTube: Lego Darth Vader Canteen Incident. I couldn’t help myself. I just bounced over there to take another look. This always brings a smile to my face.
But wait, there’s more… have you seen the Classics in Lego project by Mike Stimpson in which he recreates famous photographs using Legos. There are some amazing images here, but one of my favorites has to be his recreation of the 1948 photo Dalí Atomicus by Philippe Halsman.
Dalí Atomicus by Philippe Halsman
Halsman was a Latvian-born American portrait photographer. In 1941 he met the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí and they began to collaborate in the late 1940s. The 1948 work Dalí Atomicus explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, a bucket of thrown water, and Salvador Dalí in midair. The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí's work Leda Atomica which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats.
Dalí Atomicus by Mike Stimpson
I have to say that I think Mike Stimpson’s recreation of Dalí Atomicus is very, very clever. I dare not think how much effort this took.
I also have to say that this has opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities. The problem is that the Star Wars and Lego themes are already taken … so let me here and now formally lay claim to two ideas: recreating famous photographs and works of art using (a) Smurf characters and (b) Troll dolls (you know, those cute ones with the wild hair as shown below).
This isn’t a priority – I have so many projects on the go that I don’t know whether I’m coming or going – but on my travels I am going to keep my eyes open for both Smurf characters and Trolls (if you happen to see a job-lot of these on eBay, don’t hesitate to let me know).
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