Anything is possible through photography. While we’ve often admired the incredible photo manipulations created in programs like Photoshop, editing on the computer isn’t the only way to produce fantastical images. Using tricks like forced perspective can make things magically change in scale, transforming them into seemingly much larger or smaller versions of themselves. Wire Hon shows just how effective this technique can be with his forced perspective photography of action figures.
Hon, a Malaysian toy collector, has cast various DC and Marvel superheroes to appear in his portraits. The Hulk, Batman, Superman, Deadpool, and Black Widow are made to look as tall has Hon and his family. Because the toys are seemingly the same size, Hon treats them like regular people. They are expected to help out with household chores like cleaning the back porch and using their superhuman strength to move a mattress. Though the superheroes often begrudgingly perform these tasks, they’re one big happy family and pose for a group photo. Considering that these are just toys, their size makes the images believable—and are a testament to Hon and his skill at using forced perspective.
It might seem like Hon uses special equipment to achieve these amusing photos, but the process is much more low-tech than that. He simply uses his smartphone and strategically angles it to create the illusion. Be sure to follow along with more of Hon and his superhero antics on Instagram.