Fabian Schlichting has created some photo magic to place German car engineers right into their work. The Autolandschaften photos were taken as a calendar for the research department of a German car manufacturer. The make the researchers look like miniatures, inspecting every little detail of the wheels, airbags, headlights, etc. Fun idea, well executed.
Islands is an in progress sculpture project by German artist Markus Hofko. Each island depicts a small snapshot of life, where the people left there seem to simply do what they do best. I guess life keeps on going, even in isolation... just not as well rounded as before. I can't wait to see more.
I get great joy out of seeing little things photographed as if they were big. I'm not sure why. I think I like the thought that had to go in. Do you just carry miniatures around in your pockets in case you come across just the right setting for their next adventure? Or do you plan out your subject's story in advance, carefully constructing their adventures over time? My latest little obsession is with Elisa Dudnikova's Little Zoo. The photographic series tracks a deer, a sheep, a giraffe and some polar bears on their trek through the big world.
These City Shrinkers are created by Ben Thomas. They are photos of the real world altered to look like scale models. Ben says he tries to alter the familiar to cause people to second guess and question reality, even if it's only for a second.
I've seen a couple good Photoshop tutorials on how to achieve this effect, but I've yet to come across anyone who can do it better then Ben Thomas. (Found through Wooster Collective).
Little People are my new favorite street art (Sorry Banksy and Moose, you've got to make room for the little guys). They are tiny hand painted people placed around London and left to "fend for themselves". They are placed in contextually relevant situations, like the guy getting into his car with shopping bags outside of a grocery store or the hikers climbing through a plant in KEW gardens, adding to the illusion that they live along side us. Whereas most street art grabs your attention by being loud and controversial, these little guys are small and understated. To me, this adds to the effectiveness of their message because you have to be paying attention to see them, making the audience more exclusive, deserving and appreciative of their effect. (Found through Wooster Collective)