There was no brief as such for Lego Tourist, he was the product of my imagination as I embarked on my first ever solo travelling expedition to Australia. Having never travelled by myself before and mooching around London before my flight to Australia I found a little Lego figure in a shop and decided I’d keep him as my travelling companion, and use him as a way to let my family know that I was safe while sparing them a series of awkward selfies.
As I waited around in airport lounges, rolled out my towel on beaches, fell off surf boards, and sampled street food delicacies on a stop-over in South Korea, the trusty Lego Tourist was my photography subject showcasing the cultures and communities I found along my travels and entertaining my Facebook friends and family along the way.
On returning home a few people asked if they could take Lego Tourist on their travels and share their finds as they discovered new places and met new faces. Lego Tourist was born in 2009 – a pre-Instagram era – so I decided to set up a Facebook page for him where anyone who wanted to adopt him for their holiday could send a message and I’d post him off to them on the understanding that they posted their pictures of him to the page, which became a travel guide of the weird and wonderful attractions, museums, beaches, festivals and events across the world.
Over the course of his life he visited Australia, Korea, Poland, Russia, Japan, Ireland, Prague and many others. The project was covered by local media in his home town of Leeds and went on to capture the imagination of the national media appearing in the Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian.
Since the Lego Tourist project many similar projects have launched sharing adventures across the globe. This particular project ended when, poetically, Lego Tourist was lost in the post on one of his travels.