One El Pasoan has recreated Tatooine, one of the planets featured in the Star Wars franchise, with a fun photo shoot at Red Sands featuring his action figures.

J Diego Gonçalves
J Diego Gonçalves

The Force is strong with J Diego Gonçalves, a life-long fan of Star Wars and a new resident of the El Paso community.

Earlier this month, J Diego Gonçalves, a photographer from Brazil, moved to town with his wife, originally from El Paso, and was looking to adjust and decompress after a tough year.

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Unfortunately, just like many others across the globe, the pandemic hit their family hard, losing friends and family members to the deadly COVID-19 virus. The move and pandemic were life-altering, to say the least, for Gonçalves and his family but continued to push forward to remain productive by exploring the city and going out to take pictures.

J Diego Gonçalves
J Diego Gonçalves

On one of his outdoor adventures, J Diego Gonçalves came upon Red Sands, noting the resemblance to Tatooine, a fictional sparsely inhabited harsh desert planet and home of Anakin and Luke Skywalker.

Growing up, Gonçalves fell in love with the Star Wars franchise, from the movies to the live-action and animated series, which led to him deciding to use his action figures as props for his photo shoot at Red Sands and the Franklin Mountains.

J Diego Gonçalves shared via an email,

I went to Red Sands and the Franklin Mountains and loved the results, I posted it in some local groups and people loved it as well. I'm glad I was able to make people happy while having fun, that's the whole point in my opinion.

Gonçalves featured Storm Troopers, The Mandalorian, Grogu, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 against the backdrop of what looked to be the real planet of Tatooine, and the results were wondrous.

While these may be simple toys to some, they served as a creative and therapeutic outlet during a time when uncertainty was the only certainty, and that's made all the difference for this young Jedi.

Star Wars Photo Shoot At Red Sands

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