Having several talents and skills is wonderful, and bringing them together can create some truly stunning works of art. Eddie Putera joins his talent in model making and photography with plenty of creativity, patience and storytelling. And the result: a set of amazing hand-built dioramas, captured in photos that tell stories of different places and times.
All Eddie’s dioramas are handmade, and he makes them all himself. It takes him about a week to finish one miniature model. But building an entire scene and getting all the elements can take from two to four months. Eddie tells us it all depends on the scales, details, and workload.
In Eddie’s work, you can see often see natural landscapes, garages, and various streets scenarios. There are small back alleys, but also old buildings with historical value. Eddie likes to recreate scenes from his childhood and bring old memories to life.
Considering that he sells the models he builds, it’s not rare that people buy his artworks as a gift. He told Xtra a story about one of the scenes he built on request. A customer asked him to replicate his grandfather’s village and his old Volkswagen car. He showed Eddie the picture and asked him to turn it into a diorama. It took the artist months to do it, especially because it was difficult to find the replica of the car. But eventually he finished it, and when the customer’s grandfather saw it, he shed a tear.
For photographing his work, Eddie uses Sony A7R3 camera paired with Sony lenses: 12 – 24mm f/4 and 100mm f/2.8 Macro. With this gear and his skills in photography and model making, he tells stories to both the buyers of his dioramas and the viewers of his photos.
If you’d like to see more of Eddie’s work, follow him on his Instagram page. Also, his sets are available for purchase via his web store. Here are some more photos of Eddie’s dioramas and the process of making them.