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Street Art Dioramas: Another Way of Looking at Miniatures

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Laura has been photographing historical, abandoned, and rural ruins in Ontario since getting her first digital camera in 2006.


Street art dioramas could be right under your foot and you might not notice. They are tiny, miniature people posed in the great, big, real world. Some are tiny people, some are model trains and some are buildings. All are varied ideas on the same theme of taking miniature art into the street, the outdoors, and posing to interact with the great big world out there.

I'm not a professional photographer. I like creative photography. There are so many things we can create but it's the photograph that keeps them around, remembered and shows them just like new long after the original is gone. Like making a sandcastle on the beach and taking a photo before people walking on the shore and the waves come in to sweep it away. A photograph preserves art and showcases art too.

I photograph old, abandoned and derelict buildings to keep something of them in the world, remembered. However, I love to see other art in photos. I've been watching for different ways to be creative with a camera. There are endless ways and means and styles.

One form of art which is captured by the camera are miniature dioramas created in the street, in public places. Some are in places people walk around all the time, but they might not notice them. Some are outdoors where people might only see them in a photograph.

I wasn't especially interested in art with miniatures. I saw model railways with whole towns and the little people in them. I admired the work, the imagination and creativity. But, I wasn't inspired to try it myself. For one thing, I knew I wouldn't have the patience to assemble an entire miniature village.

Then I found The Little People Project. I loved it. I went out and bought the smallest dolls I could find at the thrift store (2 Bratz Barbie-sized dolls) and started to try the idea of posing little people myself. I did it for awhile but I didn't have the right dolls, the right little people, so I put that project on the back burner. I still have the dolls and the photos I took.



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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I also visited the Little People website. I love the picture with the green shoe lace that becomes like a sea monster and the people in a beer cap (or something like that). Plants become jungle compare to the size. Very intersting!

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I was amazed by them the first time I found a link there. What surprised me was how many other photographers and artists are doing the same idea too now. It's a lot of fun. I still don't have the right little people but even with bigger dolls it is fun to pose them and come up with scenarios for them.

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      Silwen 5 years ago from Europe

      I have visited the Little People website that you have shared. Wonderful photos. Thank you.