Mexican photographer Felix Hernandez is known for his amazing photos of toys and miniatures that he builds himself. He relies mainly on practical effects and mixes them with some Photoshop, and we’ve shared lots of his photos here on DIYP. Felix combines his knowledge in photography, design and image manipulation with craftsmanship to create some mind-blowing work. Today, he has decided to tell us more about it: how he does it, where he finds inspiration, and what his work means to him. And of course, he kindly shared plenty of his beautiful images and BTS shots.
Breaking the rules and thinking outside the box is something a photographer should always consider.
You start your journey with photography capturing everything you see interesting, jumping from one genre to the other until you find your favorite style.
I was passionate about Astronomy since I was a child, and Astrophotography was for me a perfect match, it combined my love for astronomy, my love for nature and landscapes with adventures, travel and camping. This beautiful recipe is just perfect for me.
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.
Are we too old to play with toys? Not necessarily. When you are an adult, you can still find pleasure in playing with toys and create whole new worlds with them. And this is exactly what photographer Péter Csákvári does. He uses mini figurines to create dioramas and capture his own imaginary worlds in a series of photographs called Tiny Wasteland. He combines the figurines with the real-life objects to create funny, weird, dark and even slightly NSFW images of miniature worlds.
Creating apocalyptic worlds isn’t an uncommon theme for many photographers. Usually, however, this creation is finalised in Photoshop. They’re often composited images, blended with some CG textures to give those last little touches. But what if you don’t want to do it in Photoshop? What if you want to shoot it for real?
That’s exactly what diorama artists Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber have been doing for over a decade. The pair specialise in post-mankind miniature environments. Crumbling buildings, nature taking back what is hers. In this short documentary by filmmakers The Drawing Room we meet these two amazing artists and get some insight into their work and thought process.
I spent 9 months working on the studio using hundreds meters of wood and lots of other materials like plastic, copper, paper etc. I built more than 100 miniature objects all designed and built according to that era.
All the objects were made from scratch. There were lots of challenges especially when I was doing the research. I could find only few pictures from old studios all in white and black.
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…]