Constructing the latest LEGO sets during lockdown is nothing new – with huge sales peaks in 2020 and 2021 the Danish construction toy company has enjoyed a period of crisitunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic – but fan and semi-professional photographer Daniel Sands managed to combine his hobby and skills.
Inspired by Vesa Lehtimaki, who photographed Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy, Sands was able to channel his creativity and free time into a series of stylistic photographs that capture the cinematic nature of the context while retaining the subject’s child-like essence.
Using household material, such as baking powder, beach sand and ash from his barbeque, along with a simple homemade studio equipped with a desk light, Sands was able to create evocative and atmospheric shots on a budget.
“I try not to use any expensive items or expensive camera kit, but just cheap and accessible stuff. I want it to be simple with no fancy studio. The first ones I did I used an upturned pizza box on my tumble dryer, used a bike light for lighting and some baking powder to resemble snow.” he told the Dorset Echo in a recent interview.
If you want to see more of Sands’s work, then check out his Facebook page and see if you can find the photo that Mark Hamill gave a personal thumbs-up to!
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.