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.
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.
I’ve seen some great toy photography used to recreate different kinds of scenes. I’ve also seen many awesome recreations of artwork. But Spanish photographer David Cubero combines toys and photography to recreate famous works of art. He uses Marvel toys to do it, and the results are not only well executed, but also very amusing. Let’s see if you can guess which photo represents which work of art.
What happens when a miniature photographer discusses collaboration with a multi-million car company? He ends up shooting their $160,000 car, an Audi R8, using a $40 scale model.
Photographer Felix Hernández (more from Felix) discussed some potential ideas with Audi. The result was so awesome that Audi decided to share it on their media channels. The catch? the photos were not made using a real car. Instead Felix used a small model car.
The process is not trivial though and does require some understanding of scale, perspective and whole lots of flour.
Sometimes bringing a toy to life is just a matter of setting it in the right environment. For me this was the case when shooting Fate Zero’s Saber and her Motored Cuirassier. While this shot may seem fancy, it was actually taken in a corridor just outside my home. I did ran into some difficulties as I did not have anyone assisting me for the shoot but I did come up with some solutions that worked well in the end.
I did this shot as a single exposure, so all the effects were done in-camera. With a spray bottle.
I know that after seeing The Force Awaken everybody wanted to travel to Jakku. Only problem is, it does not exist. Neither are Tatooine, Naboo and the rest of the planets of the Star Wars galaxy.
Well, if you can’t travel to those worlds, why not create them in a studio? Photographer Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez (previously) did just that. He recreated the Star Wars world in his studio and not once, but twice.
The first creation is a real, detailed, dark, Star Wars creation using realistic small-scale action figures in a series called Sandtroppers.
Nothing like a good visit to the beach right? Some dips in the water, some laying in the sand and some visitors from planet Jakku. Wait what?
Singaporean photographer Mezame Shashin-ka used his time at the beach to recreate the desert planet Jakku. It really does not take much more than a good imagination, a strong vision and a clever edit.
The photo above, as well as the photos below, were taken in camera, using knowledge and ingenuity. We reached out to Felix Alejandro Hernández Rodríguez to ask him how he made those:
What if your pre-wedding shoot was so dangerous, exaggerated and complex that there was no way you could actually participate in it? This is exactly what append to Indonesian Photographer Seno Haryo. His idea for a pre-wedding shoot involved, some avengers, a collapsing New-York, Dinosaurs, Dianna Jones and other such heroes.
Seno had no choice but to convert himself and his wife-to-be into 3D figurines and construct dioramas for each of the shots planned.
The first phase was to build two 3D actions figures that looked like Seno and his fiance: