We had a very interesting side project this past Spring/Summer. Kurt applied his photography technique and style to the Disney Infinity figurines. Disney Infinity is a video game that features Disney, Pixar and Marvel characters.
After getting Disney's blessing and a box full of figurines including some that haven't been released, Kurt went to work immediately, cutting them from their base and building props. Apology to collectors, Baymax had to get a new foot: Kurt had difficulties getting him off his base and accidentally cut it off!
As props go, Buzz Lightyear got himself a space rocket, Mickey is working his magic broom, Wreck-It ralph is pulling the wires at a video arcade, Maleficient is appearing out of a green flame and Mr. Incredible got himself a bucket and cloth and is ready to do some clean up!
The result of this project is a series of images featuring Disney Infinity characters shot on location in the real world environment. The scenes were photographed indoor and outdoor in Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, Duluth, Minneapolis, St Paul and New York City.
Some of the shots were done with the gracious approval from business owners, THANK YOU to Adventure Zone, Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe and Toys for Keep in Duluth, HiFi Hair & Record, Magers & Quinn Booksellers and The Foundry Home Goods in Minneapolis, Lil'Dog Car and Pet Wash in Two Harbors and Frames Bowling Lounge in New York City. We picked those businesses because they look neat and the people there are nice.
Kurt was commissioned to photograph a piece involving miniatures in New York City. He took the opportunity to photograph for our side project featuring larger figurines (more on this in a future post) and for Un Petit Monde, of course.
Although we were short on time, in most cases we walked instead of taking the subway. It allowed Kurt to explore other photographic opportunities for our projects. We're definitely planning to go back to New York sometime in the future to document more Un Petit Monde scenes.
Kurt is currently photographing for a project involving miniature figures of a slightly larger scale. Some of the characters require very specific elements in the background. For one of the scenes, he needed a green fire. Kurt found out that Boric Acid and Methanol mixed together and ignited would give out a green flame. The next step was to figure out a way to control the flame so it would burn tall and look natural. Kurt's trick was to mold a piece of foil paper into a thin sleeve with edges so the mixture would not spill yet low profile enough so it couldn't be noticed in the final shot.
Kurt was selected with 4 other artists to participate in a show revolving around miniatures. The show will be at the Prichard Art Gallery (University of Idaho) in Moscow, Idaho from August 22 to September 28, 2014. The other artists exhibiting will be Liliana Porter, Thomas Doyle, Gregory Euclide and Ellen Discroll. We are very humbled to be in the company of such talented and accomplished artists!