What We Loved This Week: Thrilling Star Wars Lego Scenes

The haunting time capsule that is China’s last communist village; Lego Star Wars scenes as exciting as the genuine article; the death-defying world of ice climbing; terrifying Black Friday facts and photos; and iconic paintings brought to life.

Storm Trooper Star Wars Legos

Image Source: The Washington Post

Thrilling Star Wars Scenes Created With Legos

Star Wars Legos Han

Image Source: The Washington Post

In 2009, Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimaki started photographing his son’s Star Wars Legos. It was simply a way to hold on to the memory of his young child enjoying his toys before they broke or got lost or became old news, but when Lehtimaki posted them to Flickr, more and more people began taking notice. Now, six years later, the hours of hard, detailed work he puts into each scene has paid off—an entire book of his photos is being released. See more at The Washington Post.

Star Wars Legos Storm Trooper

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China’s Last Communist Village: Inside This Haunting Time Capsule

Chinas Last Communist Village

Communist statue in Nanjie, China. Image Source: VICE

Communist China is largely a thing of the past, but one small town is sticking to their Maoist ways. Nanjie became a symbol of how communism could still work after its glory days had passed, and the government originally maintained that veneer by allocating disproportionate amounts of money to the small town of 3,000 people. Today, with China adopting more and more capitalist policies, Nanjie has become a living model of the past – complete with communist propaganda songs played in a loop over loudspeakers – and Australian photographer Tim Fenby caught it all on camera for VICE.

Communist China

A communist advertisement in Nanjie, China. Image Source: VICE

Kangaroo China

Kangaroos in a fake zoo in Nanjie, China. Image Source: VICE

The Beautiful, Terrifying World Of Ice Climbing

Action sports photographer Tim Kemple ventured into Iceland’s Vatnajökull, one of Europe’s largest glaciers, with climbers Rahel Schelb and Klemen Premrl and captured some stunning images of ice caves, crevasses, icebergs, and other breathtaking ice formations. Kemple’s 16-minute short film, “Climbing Ice – The Iceland Trifecta” has been selected as one of the finalists in the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and follows Schelb and Premrl during their attempt at a horizontal climb in Vatnajökull. See more at SmugMug Films.

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