Some things are inspirational. Some things are transformative, informative, awe-inspiring or enraging. Yet, other things are just fun. It was hard for me not to get a giant grin when scrolling through the massive collection of action figure photography that Detroit Photographer Kahn Santori Davison has complied. It’s seriously a hoot.
Khan’s Hip-Hop Toy Box is a large photo curation of Davison’s massive ensemble of action figures. Some of it is silly, some of it pointed and satirical, but all of it is fun. I’m a bit of a sucker for action figures myself and have even snuck one or two of them into some Fstoppers articles in the past; so, hopefully, you all will be as amused by this set as I am.
“It's urban, pop toys, hip-hop action figures and vinyl figures that I decided to put in funny, political, and interesting situations,” Davison wrote on his website. “It’s really nothing more than toy photography with a hip-hop and urban twist.”
Image collections like this can serve as a reminder that photography for most of us began as a documentation of the things that we loved. It certainly should also serve as a motivator to be sure to shoot something just to put a smile on your own face once in a while. Most professional shooters understand the need for personal projects as a form of therapy and this collection is definitely that.
Kahn, who spends most of his time as a wedding and portrait photographer, told Fstoppers that he plans to add some stop-motion videos to the next phase of the Hip-Hop Toy Box.
Check out the entire collection on Kahn's Blog.
What's your latest personal project and what’s your motivation to complete it? Let us know in the comments.
All images used with permission