Back in the 1940’s in Europe, little interlocking bricks called “Automatic Binding Bricks” were created. They had little round “studs” on the top, and the bottoms were rectangular in shape and hollow. The studs allowed the bricks to be connected together to create something, and then later on taken apart to create something different. Eventually they went from being made out of wood to being made out of plastic, and they were re-named and called LEGOs. Yes, those LEGOs (source).
Did you know that LEGO in Latin can actually be interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble?” They’ve become a must-have toy for just about any child over the years, and there are even Lego-themed amusement parks out there called Legoland in Denmark, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Many of you probably spent your childhood days constructing and de-constructing all kinds of things with the little blocks.
Recently we came across a man (who goes by the name of Balakov on Flickr) who takes pictures of LEGOs as a hobby. What he does is uses legos to reconstruct some famous photographs (landing on the moon, raising the flag at Iwo Jima, and more) . It’s very simple, yet pretty amazing at the same time. He’s got a whole Flickr page that we recommend checking out which is found here. Today we’ll be posting a handful of those pictures he’s taken along with the real-life originals. Note: Balakov using a Nikon D200 to take these photographs.
Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima
V.J. Day Times Square
Lunch Atop a Skyscraper
Hand of God
There are several other recreations that have been posted onBalakov’s Flickr page, so if you enjoyed these, definitely check it out.