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Playtime isn’t just for kids. Since Kanesan Nathan (@legojacker) moved to Melbourne, Australia, three and a half years ago, he has been hijacking everyday situations with toys. “It’s about playing outside, in spaces not usually associated with play, and reimagining and reinterpreting the city,” he says. A scooter and a car were parked on an empty street, and Kanesan saw a stage for a tiny rabbit to cast its shadow. The street art precinct of Hosier Lane became a runway for a bright plastic road roller. Kanesan, who is a marketing professional by day, looks for these settings — “reflections, street art, rooftops and cityscapes” — and plays with perspective to make his Legos appear larger than life. He will use digital manipulation, but only when it’s necessary for a concept.
Kanesan also makes pictures to comment on issues like immigration and education. He says, “Lego can often evoke strong positive childhood memories, so to connect that to showing injustice around the world is a very powerful combination.” No matter what, he’s having fun.