Artist spotlight: paps.bricks

Every month, we pick a LEGO photographer active in our community and share some of their work and a little about themselves. This month we flight to Cyprus to meet paps.bricks!

Hi everyone.
I am Skevos Papageorgiou from Nicosia, Cyprus and I work as a teacher at a primary school.

During the pandemic, I stumbled upon the fascinating world of toy photography, initially experimenting with Playmobil figures. Yet, it was the captivating LEGO creations that truly sparked my imagination.
Despite never owning a LEGO set before last year, I started collecting my first modulars, finding endless inspiration for my snapshots.

My favorite photo subjects derive from the Wild West, pirate adventures and the medieval era. But I also tend to like the simplicity of everyday life scenes.
In my photos I always include some sort of building like workplaces, rooms, or facades etc because they add depth and give viewers more to explore beyond just the minifigure. These details enhance the storytelling in each image, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in it.

Once my setup is ready, I always shoot at the eye level of the minifigure for reasons we’re all familiar with.
From there, it’s all about experimenting with the aperture, lighting, angle, and more until I achieve the desired result.

Drawing ideas from Pinterest, my main goal is to create narratives and capture moments infusing each photo with a unique story.
I only wish the process from conception to setup and finally the photo wouldn’t span several days. I must admit I envy people who complete their work in the blink of an eye.

Despite the time-consuming nature of this hobby, every moment spent orchestrating these miniature scenes is incredibly soothing and enjoyable. Though, I must admit, once the shoot is over, the eagerness to tidy up and store everything back in drawers is undeniable!

For my photos I use an Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6, a couple of RGB lights by ulanzi and A4 papers as a reflector.

Thank you to the LEGO community for embracing my creative endeavors, and here’s to many more adventures in the world of toy photography!

The exclusive

In the photo I captured, I aimed to depict a typical day of a knight strolling down the castle hallways, portraying a sense of idle wandering. Opting for the eye level of the minifigure as my consistent angle, I sought to maintain a sense of familiarity in my shots.

I tried to add visual intrigue by incorporating stained glass windows, injecting vibrancy into the scene. To enhance the atmosphere, I introduced haze using a water nano spray, but controlling its spread proved to be the greatest challenge.
It became a process of trial and error to strike the right balance, ensuring the haze accentuated rather than overwhelmed the composition.

Additionally, I experimented with lighting and shadows to further heighten the ambiance. This involved experimenting with different light sources and their placements to create the desired mood within the castle’s corridors.

I decided to explore the concept of castles because it’s a subject I typically don’t photograph, diverging from my usual themes of Western, pirates and such.
Also I wanted to utilize the minifigure I had acquired previously but hadn’t incorporated into any photos yet.

Exploring how light interacts with translucent parts intrigued me as I have seen in photos from others and a castle setting provided the perfect canvas for experimenting with these elements.

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