Famous photographs re-shot with Legos
March 31, 2008 6:40 PM   Subscribe

Famous photographs re-shot with Legos.
posted by Slithy_Tove (39 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have seen the future, and it is Swedish.
posted by Dizzy at 6:42 PM on March 31, 2008


Now what would be really awesome would be if they were photographed with a camera made of Legos.

Or if they were taken by a Lego-golem.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:44 PM on March 31, 2008


A camera made of Legos, you say?
posted by flatluigi at 6:45 PM on March 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Terrific find!
posted by Jacqueline at 6:54 PM on March 31, 2008


That was cool - I loved that he actually linked to the originals, so I could look up the ones I didn't recognise without being all 'AskMe: what is a famous photo with some people having a picnic?'.
posted by jacalata at 6:59 PM on March 31, 2008


The original is somewhat more distressing than the Lego version. It's the smiley faces that do it.

Well the original is all kinds of distressing, but I have to disagree. The smiley faces creep me right the fuck out in this one.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:00 PM on March 31, 2008 [3 favorites]


Well the original is all kinds of distressing, but I have to disagree. The smiley faces creep me right the fuck out in this one.

I was looking and then thinking "Yeah, yeah Lego why bother etc..." Then I got to "Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death" and something stirred. After I looked at "Viet Cong Captain" I understood why this was Good Art. I don't know that he deserves an NEA Grant, but I see what he's doing and it's good.
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:08 PM on March 31, 2008


this is good
posted by bonaldi at 7:19 PM on March 31, 2008


I love the V.J. Day in Times Square one.
posted by amyms at 7:26 PM on March 31, 2008


Love that last tag.
posted by aerotive at 7:32 PM on March 31, 2008


I have seen the future, and it is Swedish.

Actually, Danish.
posted by nicwolff at 7:47 PM on March 31, 2008


I like this a lot - particularly the way some of the shots use out of focus lego people in the background.
posted by birdsquared at 7:50 PM on March 31, 2008


Art?
Art.
posted by yhbc at 7:55 PM on March 31, 2008


A camera made of Legos, you say?

Consider my gast flabbered.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:10 PM on March 31, 2008 [6 favorites]


These are just great. (By the way, it is not "Legos". It is "Lego". Thank you.)
posted by Len at 8:12 PM on March 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great idea
posted by cd4337 at 8:17 PM on March 31, 2008


The smiley faces creep me right the fuck out in this one.

I fully agree. It's like the Lego men are expressing the callousness and brutality deep in the souls of all men through their little plastic smiles.
posted by Dasein at 8:29 PM on March 31, 2008


The BrickArms site which supplied the firearm in Viet Cong Captain is worth checking out.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:39 PM on March 31, 2008 [2 favorites]


Awesome link! Thanks!

The Cartier-Bresson photo is great. I was reminded of the real photo when I took this grab-shot in New Orleans.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 9:14 PM on March 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Lego is already plural, no need to add an 's' to the end.
posted by jjb at 9:33 PM on March 31, 2008


as soon as i read the title i knew there would be a lego version of the famous tiannamen square photo
posted by matt_od at 9:34 PM on March 31, 2008


These are great, thanks. The links to the originals are extra tasty - love that Bresson Madrid.
posted by mediareport at 10:27 PM on March 31, 2008


Lovely.
posted by piratebowling at 10:38 PM on March 31, 2008


I am making so many of these tanks.
posted by Faux Real at 10:57 PM on March 31, 2008 [1 favorite]


Legofesto is a more disturbing angle, especially ones like this
posted by quarsan at 10:57 PM on March 31, 2008


I fully agree. It's like the Lego men are expressing the callousness and brutality deep in the souls of all men through their little plastic smiles.

You might be interested in this filmclip. (False Lies - Exhausted)
posted by Jimbob at 11:29 PM on March 31, 2008


These are great.
posted by dan g. at 11:31 PM on March 31, 2008


By the way, it is not "Legos". It is "Lego".

No, it is "Lego® bricks".
Saved you a C&D.

I recognized a couple of these from the thumbnail, and almost all the rest I at least knew -- once I clicked through to the original. I wasn't able to recognize them all from the recreation alone, though.

Quite reminiscent, of course, of Screenshotsmefi.
posted by dhartung at 12:16 AM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


These are really very cool - the Lego vs Legos debate was covered here in some detail. It's Lego if you're wondering.
posted by jontyjago at 12:37 AM on April 1, 2008


Nice to see the guys eating their lunch on the girder without me feeling all queasy vertigo
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:36 AM on April 1, 2008


I agree with this from the earlier thread:

Technically, "Lego" is the company name and the toys they sell are made of "Lego bricks." The company may have various reasons relating to trademark enforcement and marketing to promote the distinction.

But as a fan, I couldn't care less. To me those bricks are Legos. When I was a kid, I played with Legos, and now that I have kids we play with Legos together. "Lego bricks" is like saying "GNU/Linux"; it just doesn't flow off the tongue.
posted by Loudmax at 5:14 PM on January 28


If you prefer to talk about "Lego bricks," be my guest. I don't understand why other people's linguistic usage is of the slightest concern to you, unless you work for the LEGO® Group, in which case shouldn't you be working?
posted by languagehat at 5:08 AM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


I've never thought the plural should be anything other than "Legos." Never occurred to me. I understand the company's preferred usage, to protect their brand. But come on. This is like correcting someone when they ask for a Kleenex.

"It's not a Kleenex®! It's a Sam's Club brand facial tissue! Do you still want one, snotface?"
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:32 AM on April 1, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's always been 'Lego' to me... 'Legos' just sounds wrong somehow. But you know, tomato toMAYto...

This is like correcting someone when they ask for a Kleenex.


That's reminded me of the great time in the 80s when we used to annoy McD's staff by asking deliberately for 'a coke' and getting a garbled 'It's-McDonalds-brand-cola-will-that-be-all-right-yes-sir-thank-you-sir' back every single time.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:53 AM on April 1, 2008


/digs for spare legos
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:13 AM on April 1, 2008


That's reminded me of the great time in the 80s when we used to annoy McD's staff by asking deliberately for 'a coke' and getting a garbled 'It's-McDonalds-brand-cola-will-that-be-all-right-yes-sir-thank-you-sir' back every single time.

heh - i remember having to watch the training video for that, with the mcdonalds director telling us to call it mcdonalds cola because the directors could be prosecuted - which was a real incentive to us : )
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:14 AM on April 1, 2008


Great find. And I cop to saying "Legos" my whole life. I also mispronounce many words, which most people find amusing because it reinforces that smug superior feeling. I'm helping build the world's self-esteem, a little bit at a time.

You say tomahto, I say tomato.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 7:17 AM on April 1, 2008


There are legos, Lego sets, there is Lego

Shit-- you people made me forget what I wanted to ask.
posted by nax at 7:37 AM on April 1, 2008


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posted by cortex at 8:45 AM on April 1, 2008


Similar work here: Historia dunha fotografía de xoguete. I like this guy's take on Capa better.
posted by papafrita at 12:19 PM on April 1, 2008


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