Ontario-based photographer Daniel Picard combines work and play in an impressively realistic set of photos that brings his childhood toys to life. The series, which Picard calls “1:1 Toys”, shows his toys involved in various amazing scenes that range from funny (Batman channels his inner Banksy to delve into petty crime) to silly (a droid taking a dump) to badass (John Connor walking away from a fallen Terminator).
It all started when Picard noticed a field where he wanted to shoot a model in a dress. “”The road in front was going to be closed down in two days, for almost a year. So, with no time for a human model, I tried shooting it with a robot I had just bought, the first of my collection. I liked the result so much, that it was the beginning of not only my toy series but my interest in building a fun toy collection.”
As for the software he uses, Picard has this to say: “I use Lightroom to get the photos off my camera, to make my selects and to keep everything organized,” he tells us. “Then, the winners are brought into DXO to develop the RAW files. Finally, Photoshop takes over those converted files until I’m done with them.”
Although Picard uses some digital post-processing effects on his photos, his real talent lies in his expert use of the forced perspective technique, making his small subjects appear much larger than their 1:6-scale. Check out some of his work below. Enjoy!
1. 12″ Boba Fett and 12″ Adventure Kartel Ankou
2. Anybody home?
3. Ashley Wood creation
4. Ashley Wood3A and Iron Man MKVI by Hot Toys
5. Avengers’ Black Widow by Hot Toys and Clone Troopers Boil & Waxer from Sideshow Collectibles
6. Batman DX12 and Bat-Pod by Hot Toys
7. Battle Droid Dump
8. Boba Fett by Sideshow Collectibles and Ankou robot from Ashley Wood
9. Captain America by Hot Toys, IG88 and Battle Droids from Sideshow Collectibles and Waffen SS from DID
11. Classic Sergio Aragones cartoon in Mad Magazine using my 12 Batman DX12 from Hot Toys
12. Clone Troopers Boil & Waxer from Sideshow Collectibles working away in the engines room at the Diefenbunker
13. Cobra Throne and Crimson Guard by Sideshow Collectibles
15. Digging Work
17. G.I.Joe Cobra Red Ninja
18. Hot Toys’ Predator Classic and Batman DX12
19. The Hunter
20. JEA 80
21. John Connor & Terminator T-600
22. Joker from Sideshow Collectibles doing some halloween shopping.
23. Joker from Sideshow Collectibles
24. Target Acquired
26. On Patrol
28. Popbot Badbot from Ashley Wood and 1:48 Apache Helicopter from Testors
29. Sh#t’s about to get real.
30. Smack Down