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!