Maximum Creativity in Miniature
Mike Stimpson is really one of the most creative photographers I’ve come across in a while. He’s been making serious waves in the last few months – and deservedly so. Mike is an uber-talented macro photographer who works with Lego pieces and characters to create amazing images. He has a series of Star Wars parody stills, but the work that really blows me away is his project of recreating classic photographs in Lego form. Above is Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, the famous 1932 photograph by Charles Ebbets showing workers eating on a beam of the in-progress Rockefeller Center, hundreds of feet above the streets of Manhattan.
Mike’s work encompasses classic art photographs, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Behind the Gare Saint Lazare, to popular images that everyone would recognize, such as the VJ-Day Kiss or the planting of the American flag on Iwo Jima. And his projects sometimes mix – Chewbacca makes an appearance as Bigfoot, and Darth Vader finds himself atop the Reichstag.
Take a look at Mike’s work and you’ll never look at Legos the same way again. He features his work on Flickr – the link below is to the classic reproductions set, but be sure to check out some of his other streams. Most of his photographs are accompanied by a setup shot that shows how he created the image – that Flickr stream is also linked below. And if you really like Mike’s work, I definitely recommend you make a purchase to encourage him to continue making great art – two websites from which you can order prints are also linked below.
Images are ©Mike Stimpson, licensed under Creative Commons