Incredibly Charming Lego Minifigs Interact with the Real World

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Incredibly Charming Lego Minifigs Interact with the Real World


When French extreme sports photographer Sofiane Samlal (working as “Samsofy”) isn’t photographing roller bladders and skateboarders, he likes to spend time introducing Lego minifigs into the real world and photographing the results. He seems to especially love creating scenarios where superhero minifigs adjust to life on a grander scale.


There really is something almost enchanted about these scenes. We’ve covered compelling miniature art and photography before, from the fine art under glass of Thomas Doyle to the urban decay dioramas of Satoshi Araki. Photographing Lego scenes and minifigs is so common at this point that it even has a name, “Legography.”

Samsofy writes of his approach to Legography:

I am a French photographer born in 1981, and I began my work by photographing extreme sports in urban areas. Influenced by geek culture, my artistic approach is now focused on small Lego characters.

My work combines the techniques of photography, street art, model making, and installations. In my created microcosms, I play with scale and material to alter perception.

You can see more of Samsofy’s work on his photography website.


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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