Even before Legos became a freedom-fighting tool for Chinese art activists, the Danish building blocks had already sparked a global community of adults who have found pretty remarkable ways to them. There’s a subset of this community devoted to artists who create and photograph elaborate scenes built out of Legos, which is known to its practitioners as “Legography” (and, presumably, known to those who live with them as “That annoying crap in the basement I have to tip toe around every day”).Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki is one such master of LEGO-based photography, known for recreating scenes from films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Batman. But the artist is probably best known for his love of the Star Wars world. This week, he even had a book published entitled LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy — an entire collection of his photos featuring “painstaking recreations of classic movie moments and hilarious new takes on fan-favorite characters and themes.” And if you don’t want to buy the book, his Flickr feed might change your mind.Vesa Lehtimäki
Probably the most amazing part of Lehtimäki ‘s story is how he stages his photos to create what he calls forced atmospheric perspective: a painstaking process that mixes elements of Legos, the real world elements like snow crystals and smoke, and the occasional bit of Photoshop flare, all of which usually takes between 6 and 8 hours, according to Make Magazine.
But don’t let that bum you out — the recreation of your house and front yard you did last weekend? With little Lego versions of you and Junior standing in front? That was cool, too.