Dreams can be an endless source of inspiration for artists, and photographer Vatsal Kataria turns his dreams into reality in a quite literal way. He recreates the places he visits in his dreams using nothing but a few basic materials. And then, with his camera and some post-processing, he creates a fantasy-like series of photos. Vatsal shares his dreams with the world, and he shared some details about his project with DIYP.
We enjoy presenting you with creative photographers who shoot miniatures, make stuff on the budget, or take realistic photos of miniatures. Indian photographer Vatsal Kataria combines all three! First of all, he uses some cheap materials to build surroundings for his miniature photos. Then, he takes miniature photos that look as if they were made on location – and in reality, he doesn’t leave the studio.
He took his time to share some details behind his project, and how it all began in the first place.
Do you enjoy vintage photos from the mid-20th century? Photographer Michael Paul Smith has a vast collection of such photographs. They show the world as it was from the 1920s to 1960s – but they were all made using model cars and model buildings he makes himself. His photos are so masterfully done, you would never say those cars and houses aren’t real.
Do you dream of traveling the world and taking photos of wildlife all over the globe? And does it sometimes get you down if you can’t do it? Egyptian photographer Amr Elshamy has the same dream, but he turns it into a reality – without leaving his studio. He creates “wildlife and underwater photography” using toy models of animals, a minimal amount of gear and a couple of props. And the results are pretty cool.
The photography of Mexico based Felix Hernández is nothing short of remarkable. Felix specialises in turning dreams into reality, at least, photographically, and he does it in some absolutely amazing ways. Utilising an array of techniques including miniatures, dry ice and even cigarette smoke, his work shows some elaborate thinking.
In this video, we get see some of that process, and a look behind the scenes on how the image “Inner Trip” was made. Felix describes this image as “a journey to my inner self”, bringing yet another dreamy vision to life. Utilising miniature models, long exposure photography and some light painting, he sure seems to have had been on a great ride.
I love miniature photography, especially when it’s as creative as Tatsuya Tanaka’s. The way the photographer can look at single piece of pasta and think “water slide!” or a dish sponge and think “rock climbing!”, it’s such an outside-the-box way of looking at the small, everyday objects most of us don’t pay much more attention to than is required. [Read more…]