Refreshing Photos Freezing Toy's Action in Real Life

Photographing action figure toys is interesting and, of course, fun; hence, it becomes a relatively new genre of photography that has risen in popularity in recent years. The biggest advantage of action figure photography is no time constraint, weather constraint or itinerary planning constraint - all needs are action figures, camera and related equipment.

In addition, of course, photographing action figure toys aims and requires to create attractive and impressive narratives in playing well-known characters in unusual situations, or featuring them from different universe off against one another. It is almost inevitable for photographers who happens to have an affinity for toys to use these as subjects. Mitchel Wu is that photographer who made his toy photography art works distinctive based on various toy characters from family-favorite movies, such as "Toy Story", "Star Wars", "ET", “Planet of the Apes” and "The Muppets”.

It seems that Mitchel Wu could easily be categorised as such and may have been doing toy photography for a long time. On the contrary, he only started it in 2015 when he was phasing out of wedding photography and his nephew introduced him the idea of photographing toys.

Initially, Mitchel Wu spends a small fortune on these plastic toys and works hard to refine his skills and developed his unique style. What sets his works aside from others is his ability to show action frozen in time, which makes stories using realistic effects, instead of Photoshop edits. Everything is created in the scene and in real time, and all the effects in photos are real - real water, real coffee splashing, and even real fire. So it is real fun!

With his creative perspectives, Mitchel Wu brought those toy characters to daily life into landscapes or with objects, and created motion and emotion where none exists. All are fair game for creating amazing images and stories.

“I love telling stories, and I think most people would agree that photography, like most art forms, is first and foremost about telling stories,” said photographer. “Every single one of us played with toys when we were kids. As most of us grow up we stop playing with toys, and move on to other interests. Toy photography became a way for me to rekindle that love I used to have with toys - it is so much fun!”

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