Here at Parrotprint headquarters, we’re firm believers that photography can and should be fun.
Recently we’ve really been enjoying the macro photography trend and in particular, all the photographs of teeny tiny people doing rather interesting things. The work of photographer David Gilliver, who imagined tiny workers doing big tasks caught our eye, as did photographs by William Kass, each combining food photography and miniature people to create a tasty yet confusing world.
With the Easter holidays fast approaching a little macro photography of miniatures would make a great project for the whole family to get involved in. You can make the scenes you snap as real or surreal as you like and of course, when you’re working with plastic or plasticine you can be as picky as you like when it comes to putting models in position. You can take your time getting the perfect shot too.
Lego figurines are an obvious choice when it comes to choosing your cast and with a huge array of characters now available – from pirates and scientists through to Star Wars figures, you will have plenty of scope to step from reality into fantasy. If you’d like something a little more streamline, you could choose to buy and paint plastic figurines from modelling shops. And, if you’re feeling crafty and want maximum control, there’s always the ever malleable choice of plasticine. If you’re getting the kids involved, why not watch an Aaardman Animations film or two to get their imaginations flowing?
When it comes to creating the setting for your models you might choose to make small things to scale or create your own Land of the Giants. Try showing your characters interacting with everyday objects or each other, you could choose to recreate a scene from a film or book or to create a new story entirely. If you’re doing the latter, why not go one step further and piece a story together with little ones and choose a few scenes to recreate and shoot in miniature? You’ll have fun writing a script, creating the props and putting things in place for the camera and it needn’t be an expensive day of activity. With plastic models and your own props you can take time making things look just right and if the weather is nice you may even want to take your studio into the garden! To ensure all your hard work and talent is remembered, transfer the images to canvas and put your own miniature world on display.
Have you worked with miniatures before? Did you recreate one of your favourite film scenes or tell a story of your own? We’d love to see the photos, we think they’d make great canvas prints!