Maximum Creativity in Miniature

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Mike Stimpson


Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Mike Stimpson


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.

A BBC feature about Mike on YouTube
Flickr stream
Flickr setup shots
Purchase prints at Image Kind
Purchase prints at Red Bubble 

Tiananmen Square by Mike Stimpson

Tiananmen Square by Mike Stimpson

Images are ©Mike Stimpson, licensed under Creative Commons


~ by David Cupp on September 8, 2008.

One Response to “Maximum Creativity in Miniature”

  1. […] — David Cupp @ 5:22 pm This is in the same vein of alternative photography styles as Mike Stimpson’s Lego recreations, and it’s just about as creative a concept, though I like it less than […]

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