You might have come across ShootingTheGalaxy on Instagram already, but if you haven't, here is more information about the man behind the fantastic photo series!
I've been a Star Wars fan since I was about 8 or 9, after having seen the originals on VHS in the mid 90s, followed shortly by the special editions and prequels in theaters after that. I started off with the POTF2 line, with a Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure that my mom bought me by accident instead of the Darth Vader figure I actually wanted. But by that point I was hooked for life. I was collecting toys up until around the mid 2000s when my interest in physical toys starting dying out as I got older. And video games became more prominent in addition to other usual life stuff (and responsibilities).
I started collecting again around 2015 when the first toys for The Force Awakens came out. My Fiance knew how much I loved the new Stormtrooper design, so she surprised me with the 6 inch Black Series version of it. Although this figure is what got me back into collecting, imagine my surprise when I realized how terrible of a figure it actually was. I was already familiar with TBS (having looked over the larger figures on store shelves before). But I couldn't believe how limited its elbow articulation was. Still, I ended up picking up a BS Kanan figure from Rebels shortly after that, which gave me a much better example of what TBS was all about. And from there, it just snowballed. I was hooked again.
I didn't get into toy photography, or photography in general, until 2016 when I picked up my first import figures. A Figuarts Jedi Luke and Mafex Darth Vader (ROTJ). I was feeling some buyers remorse wondering why I just spent over $100 on two small action figures when I had the idea to just pose them on my kitchen table and shoot them with my cell phone.Re-enacting scenes like their final duel and Vaders death. Shortly after that I discovered the toy photography community that lived on instagram. I wasn't on Insta until this discovery, having thought it was just a platform for food pics and selfies. So imagine my surprise when I found such a large toy community thriving on it. I grabbed an old point and shoot and cheap plastic tripod I had laying around and went to work, getting into the hobby more seriously. I practiced probably every day, multiple times a day for a year straight before the ideas started slowing a little bit. Until I got to where I am now, able to say that I'm proud of the shots I take.
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