Photographer Gets Wild Chipmunks to Play Star Wars

Jul 31, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

Photographer Gets Wild Chipmunks to Play Star Wars

Jul 31, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Photographing pets can be challenging, and photographing wildlife from a distance can be a tedious and time-consuming process.  But, what happens when you want a wild animal to play Star Wars with your action figure collection?  Photographer and Lego master Chris McVeigh was determined to show us.

Armed with a camera, action figures, and a whole lot of nuts (we’re assuming it took balls, too), Chris forged a kinship with a harmonious collective of chipmunks living in his parent’s backyard.  Taking advantage of their depressed socioeconomic status, he was able to lure them into being performers in his own take on the classic saga…without having to composite any images.

“Chipmunks can be very easy to get along with, once you’ve taken the time to befriend them,” says Chris, an approach to socializing that might work better for me than interacting with humans.  “Certain chipmunks would even come to the yard when I whistled.”

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“In case there is any doubt,” clarified Chris, “I want to assure you that these pictures are real and not clever composites made in Photoshop.”

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Behind The Scenes:  The Making of ‘Star Wars Chipmunk’

But, working with adorable and furry creatures can have its challenges, too.  Not everything was fun and games on set… A Molly Moment

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Check out more of Chris’ creative photography on Flickr, or visit his website to see his ingenious Lego builds.

[via My Modern Met]

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4 responses to “Photographer Gets Wild Chipmunks to Play Star Wars”

  1. Jim A. Avatar
    Jim A.

    Adventure is where you find it. I spent a morning walking around my yard and shot some photos I thought were cool, until I saw this. Now I realize, the gauntlet has been thrown down. Hard. Well done sir, well done indeed. The force is strong in this one…

  2. Iain Mack Avatar
    Iain Mack

    Leon Chennell

  3. Leon Chennell Avatar
    Leon Chennell

    Awesome Iain Mack

  4. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    how did he get them to play horsey? ;o