Ryan Roberts is a well known photographer of toys. He uses his wacky imaginative scenes, along with his brightly coloured figurines to make ironic and comical anecdotes. When he first began toy photography, his work concerned the close-up photography of vintage toys he had as a child, but quickly realised that the static, staring faces was not what he was trying to say with his art. He says;
“these menacing, stoic-faced figures needed to be drinking a cup of coffee, or planting a garden, or something ironic or funny to give them more depth”
He enjoys creating ‘small world’ sets, giving the toys their very own narrative. His work appeals to toy collectors and toy designers as well as photographers, artists and any fans of toy photography.
Personally, I love how Roberts photography is so very vibrant and eye-catching. I am also a fan of how the titles of the photographs give an even greater spectrum and defiance to the artwork. It tells a story of our world today, by means of comical maybe even dark humour.