How I rediscoverd the joy of childhood through my 'Plastic Heads' photo project

Plastic Heads
(Image credit: Ryan O’Donoghue/ Plastic Head)

Plastic Heads is all about nostalgia, vibrant colours and the beauty of our beloved childhood characters. I’ve always had a desire to create still-life compositions in a vibrant and pop art-inspired style. 

As a photographer, I specialize in food photography for various restaurants in London, as well as headshots for corporate companies. Last year, in the middle of a busy shooting period, I realized that I needed a macro lens so that I could capture the intricate details of the beautiful food I photograph daily.

Plastic Heads
Ryan O’Donoghue

Ryan O’Donoghue is a photographer who captures a variety of subjects, including film and TV stills, marketing campaigns, portraits and food, among others. When he is not shooting these subjects, he dedicates his spare time to his new project, Plastic Heads, which explores the nostalgia and beauty of beloved action figures from our pop culture history.


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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.