Why music site illustrated review with Legos

GoldenPlec | studio ten media | PetaPixel

Irish music site Golden Plec wasn't allowed to send a photographer to a concert by the band the Killers, so photographer Debbie Hickey re-created the show in Lego. "If I can’t shoot them, I’ll build them," photographer Debbie Hickey wrote on her blog. "Never let it be said that GoldenPlec doesn’t get the shot."

Courtesy Debbie Hickey

Other photographers say they've been forbidden to photograph Killers shows, a policy Hickey calls "ridiculous." (I wrote a couple years ago about music artists who arguably do worse: Demand copyright from photographers.)

Just blue-skying here, but Hickey's approach could be a great help to websites that can't or don't seek permission to use images. BuzzFeed's sponsored-content problem would disappear overnight. It'd work well for Poynter, too. Here's a Lego figure I made to represent BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti:

If anyone wants to use it, that's fine, please just credit me.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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