Travel Photos Have a Playful Prehistoric Twist with Charming Toy Dinosaurs

Jorge Saenz travels with a herd of plastic toy dinosaurs to put a fun twist on tourism. The Paraguay-based photographer places a stegosaurus, spinosaurus, and brachiosaurus into the camera's frame and depicts them playfully exploring the landscape while taking in the beautiful sights of South America. Saenz calls this ongoing Instagram project #dinodinaseries.

Each of the dinos have their own name and temperament: Dina (stegosaurus), Spiny (spinosaurus), and Brachy (brachiosaurus). They are curious and adventurous, walking among the tall grass, perching on the edge of a cliff, and wading through roaring waters. At times, they're dwarfed by these massive landscapes, and in other instances, they're giants that command the presence of all that surrounds them.

Saenz's series first began after he purchased the green brachiosaurus at a flea market in La Paz, Bolivia and snapped a few shots of them exploring the local surroundings. The photos were a surprise hit, and he decided to continue the series with additional prehistoric friends. Now, his “dino bag” accompanies him on every trip.

Jorge Saenz: Instagram
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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