Over the years, we've seen tons of artists who create whimsical adventures in a miniature-sized world. Using everyday materials as well as toy props, these artists transport us into another world, sometimes even making us questions what is real and what is fake. Today, we've rounded up six of the most talented artists who are as equally skilled at setting up miniature scenes as they are about snapping the perfect shot. Most of all, these six are masterful storytellers, reminding us that magic can exist if we open up our minds and our hearts.
Each miniature artist creates tiny worlds in extraordinary detail.
Architect and photographer William Kass has created Minimize, a lovely series in which he takes toy figures and places them in the regular world. His sweet compositions range from men fishing for sushi to a ballerina dancing in the fanciful fountain of a shower head. True to form, each of his photos is more whimsical than the last.
Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli is a cut above the rest. His fine art photos of miniature people have now been seen in more than 95 countries and can be spotted in galleries and private collections all around the world. His successful series, Big Appetites, not only has its own dedicated website, but a book as well.
Perhaps there is no greater artist out there who can create such believable worlds than Matthew Albanese. For the last five years, Albanese has been meticulously making highly detailed models for his series called Strange Worlds. “When I was young I was always very, very obsessed with movie miniatures and movie magic and things of small scale,” he told Flickr. One of the most mesmerizing shots is of a lightning storm over a lake. Albanese used a piece of black-painted plexiglas and etched bolts of lightning on it so that light could dramatically flash through.
“I've always been interested in small things,” Slinkachu told The Independent. “My dad made me a train set when I was younger but I was never really interested in the trains. It was always the figures, houses and trees that fascinated me.” London-based artist Slinkachu creates magnificent mini worlds right on the street. The 33-year-old artist has spent the last six years shooting his witty scenes mostly in London. Interestingly, after he is done taking a photo of them, he leaves the little people on the street for anyone to find. With just a bit of superglue on each foot, the tiny models are ultimately left to find new homes—or fend for themselves.