Ah, Book Week. A time for celebrating books in Australia, for kids to dress up and for parents to silently melt down as they try to pull together a last-minute costume. It also turns out it’s great inspiration for a themed LEGO shoot!
If you’re not from Australia, here’s a quick run down on Book Week. It’s an annual event, run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Each year, there’s a theme and schools encourage students to dress up as characters from a book. These days, there are books on just about anything so apparently Stormtroopers, Mario, Ash (from Pokémon) and Minecraft’s Steve are all legit book characters. Of course, it’s the parents who have to organise the costumes frantically the night before the whole-school parade. #ParentLife.
Book Week also showcases the annual CBCA Book of the Year Award winners, highlighting some of the best books for kids. There are a number of different categories and each year, the books have been fantastic. It’s great to see that kids still love reading.
On to the LEGO photos! Australian LEGO photographer, @brickeyed has celebrated Book Week using the set LEGO Creative Personalities (40291) as inspiration. The limited-edition set features a LEGO-built open book which acts as a a display stand and comes with vignette ideas for Hans Christian Anderson’s stories. But with all things LEGO, why not create your own?
@Brickeyed has chosen some popular kids books to recreate with some clever models and nice photo work. Classic stories like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” make good use of the LEGO Collectable Minifigure range. Fun takes on new stories “There’s a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts” and “Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas” are fun builds.
Have a look and let me know what you think!
Little Red Riding Hood
There is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Pig the Pug
I asked @brickeyed some quick questions about LEGO photography and this series of photos:
What do you enjoy most about LEGO photography?
Having fun creating a little world that reflects life or fantasy, and a place I can escape to de-stress. Including the sharing of images on Instagram with like minded people.
What did you find most challenging about taking these photos?
Initially it was difficult narrowing down which books to choose and what I could use from my LEGO collection to recreate the essence of the book.
Having the two pages of the book (both 6×8 plates) to build on was challenging. For some of the books it was too much space or difficult to think of what to put on the other page, and for others I wished for more space so I could put more details in!
What’s one tip you would give someone who is starting out with LEGO photography?
Have fun with it, just grab your phone and give it a go. Just keep playing.
Make sure you head over to Instagram and say hello to @brickeyed!
PS: For all the parents who struggle with the pressure of Book Week costumes, this little video by Christian Hull is for you 🙂