Friday, June 5, 2009

Playing With Tiny People

Work Ethic Sculpture from Roo Tune on Etsy

Some artists have been playing with tiny life like people. Putting them in all kinds of settings, taking photographs of them, making jewellery and assemblages with them, having fun.

From The Minimiam Universe by Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida, pastry chefs and photographers, diptych photograph seen on Paint Alicious

Maybe it’s all an illusion
Scene Stealers Spencer & Kate Necklace from Sherry Truitt on Etsy

a trick of light

Think Outside the Box Business Card Holder from One Eyed Collie on Etsy

and our universe exists

Mending Time assemblage by Spinneyhead on Etsy

down the cracks

Cameron Necklace from Alheure Delapero on Etsy

in the spaces

in between the spaces

They Came to See Her Diorama by Running With Sizzors on Etsy

of a world inhabited

Mini Egg Mining photograph by Dan Jackson on Etsy

by ‘other’ peoples
where it’s now playtime

Life As We Know It by highly successful London street artist Slinkachu. Slinkachu makes his own little people, places them in streets around London photographs them and then leaves them to fend for themselves. Visit his blog for more information about his projects, exhibitions and book.

and the day hasn’t ended yet.

If you haven’t got your own little people to play with, you can get a similar photographic effect by using a tilt shift technique. By blurring the viewer's gaze and directing it away from parts of the image the photographer want to deemphasize, the depth of field of the image is altered. Australian Keith Loutit’s Time Lapse Video below cleverly uses tilt shift to give the impression of tiny plastic people.

You can use this technique yourself with a dedicated lens, or with photoshop, or go to Tilt Shift Maker for a free basic tool that is fun to play with. I took this photo at the ferry stop this morning and then played in this site for a few um hours. But be careful, you can get lost in there.


REread said...

that little people vid is so cool

Risa said...

I saw this type of art at a festival lately, it was really cool!

LillyShayStyle said...

I love all the little people, the video was a lot of fun to watch! I may have to try that site out sometime :)

Renee said...

Aren't people incredible. The imaginations out there always amaze me.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Love Renee xoxoxo

Audrey said...

the little people are too cool!! Love them on the watermelon. That must be an amazing amount of work.

Gabbi said...

Great post! I'm such a fan of all things miniature. We had a museum here in Los Angeles but it closed years ago. I miss it.

Snowbrush said...

Well....did the artists somehow preserve the watermelon, or use a pretend watermelon?

I liked the Stonehenge-looking one best.

Michelle said...

How cool!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Hello Friend! It was such a treat to take a breather and come enjoy your blog tonight. I needed to get lost in one of your lovely and perfect posts. And you gave me something to play with the next few days with the camera tilt thing. I will come back to catch the link!

I have a lot to catch up on but I wanted to at least stop by on a quick visit to leave a big mushy thank you for your support and warm thoughts. You and our fellow bloggers have meant so much to me and really helped me through a little rough patch. Thank you, thank you!

Hope you have a great weekend!

ArtSnark said...

What fun!

Hey Harriet said...

I love Dan Jackson's photos! I remember giggling at his 'daeth by chocolate' one not so long ago. Thanks for posting the Tilt Shift Maker link. I'll be having a play around with that for sure. Your ferry stop pic is so cool!!!

Anonymous said...

mm.. I love this kind of thing.. that ferry looks great.. you must give me the tutorial..

Judy said...

Wow - that was so awesome, all of it, you are amazing at gathering stuff like this - excellent!

Diary of a Young Designer said...

OMG so cool! I love the Big Mac box/alien picture.


ArtSparker said...

Slinkachu is wonderful.

Mimi said...

Love the McDonalds one, they are all so whimsical!


Jan Allsopp said...

Great post! I loved the little people but I'm really excited to try the technique in Photoshop right now! Thanks!

Erica Leigh said...

those miniature people photographs are so neat! thanks for sharing. <3

Hot Fudge said...

What an absolutely fascinating post, Chrisy. Good to see the wee folk step out into the limelight!

Michelle said...

I left you something at my place :)

Great little people! How imaginative people are.


Cynthia said...

Hi Chrisy, wild busy antlike people getting a lot of nothing done here! It makes me think about the significance (in-?)of our lives...I've noticed this type of work lately; it's quirky! THANKS for visiting Oasis Writing Link (OWL) and leaving a comment. <3

nuvonova said...

Those Dan Jackson photos are amazing!

I've just gone to heart his shop and delighted to find he is also in the UK! I will definitely be getting some of his photos one of these days!

Mo said...

These are incredible! I especially love the McDonald's/space ship photo--very clever!

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Dongedy said...

Interesting article. I've just discovered new artists i didn't know... Thanks !


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