I had the honor and the privilege of receiving an advance copy of the new LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy book from DK Publishing. Sadly, it came at a very busy time for me, and I am just now finding the time this book deserves for a review.
I have been a fan of the author, Vesa Lehtimaki (better known as Avanaut), for quite a while. That’s why I was so thrilled to get this book in the mail. I hadn’t heard anything about it!
LEGO Star Wars Small Scenes From A Big Galaxy brings Star Wars LEGO to life!
Publication Date: 11/10/15
Author: Vesa Lehtimaki (Avanaut)
Price: $24.99 USD
Avanaut has been photographing children’s toys for years, but his LEGO photography is incredible. He builds wonderful scenes that tell whimsical stories, but the way he captures his images is truly unique. A true artist, he pays meticulous attention to lighting, positioning, backgrounds, and what he calls forced atmospheric perspectives. His hallmark style includes snow effects as well as sand and smoke.LEGO Star Wars Scenes From A Big Galaxy takes you through the original trilogy with scenes set on Tatooine, Hoth, Endor. Each section has a distinctive look and feel very different from the others, but all with those unmistakable Avanaut trademarks.
The part I may have enjoyed the most is the section detailing Vesa’s process. How he comes up with ideas, how he sketches them out, how he stages his shots, etc. I know I learned a lot from this book, and look forward to applying that knowledge going forward.
LEGO Star Wars Scenes From A Big Galaxy is one the bigger books I have reviewed from DK, and I think it needs to be big to do Avanaut’s images justice. This book is as beautiful as the photographs it contains. There are many full dual page images, and numerous full page images as well. And the use of white space is perfect. There is very little text to read, but just enough to get a better sense of what LEGO Star Wars Scenes From A Big Galaxy is all about. The pictures really do speak for themselves. If you have a Star Wars fan, LEGO fan, or photography fan in your life, I highly recommend this book. They will love it. And with Christmas right around the corner, I think it will make the perfect gift. What are some of your favorite LEGO books out there? Have you had the opportunity to thumb through the pages of LEGO Star Wars Scenes From A Big Galaxy?
I am an Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL) and an active member of the Michigan LEGO User Group (MichLUG). I have loved LEGO for as long as I can remember. I am currently working on the following models:
– UCS Millenium Falcon
– Emmett’s Apartment Building
– Gringott’s Bank