Serpentor’s Lair Interview with G.I.Joe Diorama Photographer Steven Aarhus!

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Today we have an exclusive Serpentor’s Lair Interview with G.I.Joe Diorama Photographer, Steven Aarhus. We will discuss his enthusiasm for Diorama¬†Photography and G.I.Joe. Check out the interview below, and be sure and share your thoughts on Steven Aarhus Photography after the JUMP!

Serpentorslair

Tell me a bit about what got you into toy photography?

Steven

I saw footloose doing it on HissTank, also discovering JoeDios by accident got me going.
I’d sort of been building dios for some time, so I had some “practice” but the photography came into it about 08 or 09.
So I got a digital camera, started using it. Still have much to learn about photography, but I’m better than when I started.

Serpentorslair

Did you collect G.I.Joes in the 80’s and 90’s or just in the modern era?

Steven

From 82 to 94, lost interest until 2007 when I did my best to resist but ultimately caved in.
I have all my vintage stuff, but a lot of it is well worn.

Serpentorslair

Do you currently use joedios as a resource for supplies?

Steven

No but I have in the past, there are a lot of great sets there, various walls and floors, the crates are nice and one of my favorite things that I got there.

Serpentorslair

What if any specific characters are your favorites to shoot?

Steven
You know, I rarely shoot my favorite Joe, Shipwreck. But I keep close to my Cobras, I really like shooting them.

Serpentorslair

That is funny shipwreck is my favorite Joe too.
So you prefer to do Cobra centered dios? Does it feel more natural to create worlds where Cobra is the winner?

Steven

No, its more about keeping it balanced in my mind, Joe never lost in the cartoons, and fared quite well in the comics, I don’t look at it as a ”fantasy” I look at it as if its actually happening. So where my weak points are dio-wise, at the very least my photos are unique in that way, that anything can happen to anyone at anytime.

Serpentorslair

Tell me a little bit about your experiences with the G.I.Joe Online Community. Did joining up to G.I.Joe Collectors Forums enhance your experience or no?

Steven

Ah, the tough questions, well, its yes and no. I’ve met some good people, and gotten some help along the way, but was shocked to see the divisions that run quite deep on the online community.

Serpentorslair

Do you think that Facebook G.I.Joe Discussion groups are the direction that fans are going to be going, especially those in the diorama/photography sector of the hobby?

Steven

Discussion is different to me than a dio page. I haven’t found a good strictly Joe dio page yet, tends to be toys in general. Or Customs. Customs is whats big in the Joe community. I’d like to see dios generate discussion but its rare.

Serpentorslair

Same here, i am much more adept at doing dios than customs. I have set aside a whole forum at Serpentorslair just for dioramas.

Before we wrap up
What are you looking forward to your next theme for your next photoshoot being?

Steven
I have a room full of Cobras, (a set piece) waiting for a sunny day, I need lots of light for this shot, I even put stuff in front of the set and shot another scene.

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