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This man is 'Legojacking' real life to create amazing art works

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We all love the world of LEGO, which is limited only by the scope of your imagination.

It's usually used as escapism from the real world and its messy complications, but Kanesan Nathan, 41, from Melbourne in Australia, decided to use the pieces in a novel way: to interact with the world in a process which he christened 'legojacking'.

After rediscovering LEGO six years ago, Nathan began taking photos and experimenting with ideas, before starting an Instagram account a year later. It now has over 100,000 followers.

His work ranges from the fun and frivolous to the serious, including creating compositions relating to the 2013 riots in Turkey and a tribute to the victims of the Orlando mass shooting (seen above).

He explained to Mashable Australia, "I'm not just taking a photo of a toy - I'm taking a photo of a toy and saying this is what the world looks like to me. I think that's where it's really connected with people... It starts off on a whim, and then you spend hours [on it]. The whole idea of play is that you don't have a sense of what you're going to do, you're just open to doing it... Normally I take a bag of characters out with me and respond to the environment. Then when I come home I think, 'how am I going to position this?"

It's been so successful that he resigned from his day job and is now working with places and organisations to create unique shots. He hopes his photos will promote kindness and empathy, explaining  "Play is a really great way of promoting understanding, and that's what I've always tried to do in my work. I think through a simple act you can change the world, or change someone's opinion. That's the next step."

Take a look at our favourites below and visit his Instagram page for the full collection.

 

Small Fish, Big Pond

A photo posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Jurassic Park

A photo posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Cleaning Up The Streets #latergram

A photo posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Art Changes Lives | Art has changed my life. What about you? #istandwiththearts

A photo posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Urban Explorer #urbex

A photo posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Wrong side of the tracks 

A video posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

 

Washed Up #fridayfeeling

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Dogging or Jogging

A video posted by legojacker (@legojacker) on

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