This Artist Has Created Amazing Star Wars Pics Using Toys

Ever wanted to be an intergalactic photographer but thought, ‘Nah, there’s no Millennium Falcon near here’? Yeah, us neither. But if we did we wouldn’t have a problem anyway, because Finnish artist Vesa Lehtimäki has shown us the way.

It turns out, all you need is a few toys and some serious camera knowledge. Lehtimaki, aka Avanaut, started this Star Wars scale model project to show how anyone can take stunning photographs regardless of their equipment. With just a couple of miniature replicas and forced perspective, you can produce spectacular results.

‘What in the name of Tattooine is ‘forced perspective?’’, we hear you cry, ‘It must be a trap!’ Well, according to the Internet, it’s a technique which employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. Think Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings and those dinky Thunderbirds puppets.

From action shots of the Falcon to realistic set-ups of stormtroopers, there’s some pretty nifty lenswork going on here. And you’d expect nothing less from a man of such pedigree. That’s right, Lehtimaki is the actual brains behind the blizzards on Star Wars Lego. As well as giving The Lego Movie’s visuals the jump to hyperspace they sorely needed. He’s no slouch that’s for sure. Anyway, don’t take our word for it, check out his handiwork for yourself below.

This is the last time my Millennium Falcon is in one piece, I lost one part in the snow. It was a very small part, I think I can replace it well enough for it to not show much after the repair. It was a good session, but not good enough to actually make anything of the photos. It was really, really cold and I was slow to adjust things, I had to warm my hands every now and then to avoid frostbites. Then, just as the light was perfect, a weak breeze appeared and the models started to swing a bit. I added an extra wire to the Falcon to stabilize it and lost the precious last minutes of the sunlight. The moment was over before everything settled. I’ll get the shot next time. I thought the light was great outdoors and I snapped a few frames with my phone while waiting for the models to stop swinging.

A photo posted by Vesa Lehtimäki (@avanaut) on Jan 20, 2016 at 11:44am PST