Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Some years back, we featured the beautiful Lego Star Wars world that Finnish illustrator, designer and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki created with simple but ingenious lighting and table top model work. His latest project again features iconic Star Wars models, shot and then composited back into scenes, rendering the spacecraft to epic proportions. Vesa proves again that some solid technical know-how coupled with a vivid imagination delivers fantastic results.

Vesa Lehtimäki (aka Avanaut on Flickr) reminds me of Tom Hanks’s character in the movie “Big”, in that he seems to constantly see the world with the same sense of awe and wonder that he probably did when he was younger. It's fantastic, and his sharp eye for attention to detail, knowledge of lighting and technical skill as a still life photographer has helped deliver outstanding results in his ongoing projects of bringing the toy world of Star Wars to life.

Similar to the project by photographer Chino Otsuka that I wrote about last week, Vesa manages to light and shoot his subjects with a high degree of skill so that the eventual composite work in Photoshop is as seamless as possible. The results are fantastic, giving a wonderful sense of realism to the scenes he creates. 

We can get some clues from his interview with Wired magazine last year to better understand where his fascination with Star Wars and his desire to continually bring it's world to life comes from:

“Two of the great moments of my childhood were the first two original Star Wars movies,” says Lehtimäki. “As a kid I wanted to become a movie director. I made some Super 8 movies but it did not work out that well...With my photography, I’m revisiting an unfulfilled career path, I guess. With the attached little stories my photos are like tiny one-frame movie scene. And I get to direct Star Wars!”

 

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

 

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

 

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

 

Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut BTS shot showing how one set was created. Image Credit: Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut

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Sean Shimmel's picture

More than just the excellence of the naturally crafted composites, I admire Vesa's longing to recreate the wonder of young boyhood.

David Geffin's picture

Agreed. Something very magical and endearing about that.

nice! fun!

When I started reading this, the Star Wars score began playing in my head.

That is incredible! I'd love to see the Millenium Falcon hovering over my house!

is Michael Grecco supposed to look like Will Ferrel

i think that is will farrel !

Claudia Loeber's picture

My mind was totally blown by the last image! So simple. So brilliant.

Did this start with some cars'photos at first?

very cool work. I'd like to try this with some of my scale star wars models and other ones I've made to create some cool scenes. Props!