I’ve been a fan of LEGO for over 30 years, a portrait photographer for over 5 years, and a toy photographer for just a few years. The first time I saw artistic LEGO minifig photography was Andrew Whyte’s viral 365-day LEGOgrapher series. Since then, I’ve been getting my knees dirty taking photos of these iconic toys myself.
Andrew creatively used a LEGO minifigure to tie his landscape photography work together, but I wondered how I might use them to experiment with techniques and gear I seldom or never use outside of portraiture.
Instead of a 18-105mm 4.0 lens, I was using a 100mm 2.8 macro lens to take portraits of these plastic models. I typically wouldn’t shoot up at people in the studio, but ground level angles became the norm for LEGO photography. And rather than using light to sculpt facial features on people, controlling reflections in the minifigs’s cylindrical faces was the challenge. Minifigure photography has really allowed me to play with photography and be creative in ways I haven’t done before.
Four Bricks Tall
The name “Four Bricks Tall” is a reference to the height of a LEGO minifigure: without hair or dress slope, a typical minifigure is as tall as four stacked LEGO bricks. Initially, I called it “Ogle My Lego” because I like anagrams and word play, but I changed it to comply with LEGO’s policy of prohibiting fan sites to use the brand name in URLs.
In mid-2018, I expanded the photo project into this blog that features behind-the-scenes looks at toy photography, reviews of LEGO and LEGO-compatible products, and interviews of minifig photographers. It’s a way to chronicle my progress, for which I may be embarrassed to look at later, but I also hopes it serves as inspiration for other LEGO minifigure photographers just coming up.