Photographer Mike Stimpson recreates famous photos from Lego


posted Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM EST


Photographer Mike Stimpson has a fondness for Lego, all it takes to notice that is a look at his web page. But the photographer has taken his love for photographing minifigs one step further, and combined it with some of the most iconic images in the history of photography for a cute series called Classics in Lego.

It's an impressive testimony to both the staying power of these photos, and to Stimpson's skills, that they're all still instantly recognizable even in these reformed shapes. The fact that "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare" or "Tiananmen Square" still look enough like the original even when constructed of toys is really saying something.

In his Flickr account Stimpson delves into how he makes the photos themselves. For instance, the aforementioned recreation of "Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare":

Lighting Info: Nikon SB-28 at 1/2 power mounted on a lightstand in a shoot through brolly about 1 foot to camera left pointing down at the scene. Foamcore board at the back to get an even reflection in the water (thank you Light, Science & Magic!). Triggered with eBay remotes.

And here's a look at how he constructed the image.

Stimpson's images have been floating around the internet for a couple of years, but are no less impressive for that. If you like his images, you can pick up prints online, where they range in price from as little as $11 to almost $200, depending on the size and printing options you want.

So if you have a friend who loves both toys and photography, a print of Stimpson's work could make an excellent holiday present.

(via DPReview)

"Tiananmen Square" by Mike Stimpson, after Jeff Widener
"Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare" by Mike Stimpson, after Henri Cartier-Bresson