A little project
By Louise Fahy
9 Jun 2012
It has been a cool and rainy spring in Paris, so the city has not been the ideal photography subject. In order to keep my skills up and to try and develop my portfolio, I started to look for other things to shoot.
At the moment I'm not particularly interested in flowers and plants (I just can't find a way to interpret them that hasn't already been done) but I do want to learn how to do good macro shots for the future when I can find a good reason to invest in a decent macro lens. I finally found the inspiration I needed to shoot little things when I was in one of the big camera stores in the city and stumbled on the works of some photographers who have been working with miniature people, the ones you can find in train shops.
Fortunately, Paris is home to quite a few train aficionados and so there are plenty of shops that cater to their hobby. These incredibly detailed little people who decorate the landscape of many an elaborate train scene can easily be found in a number of train shops in the city, no need to order them online. The great thing about the miniatures themselves is that they are in all sorts of weird and wacky poses, typical of anything you would see as you passed by a city while on a train ride yourself, of course.
The ideas of what to do with them come from everywhere – current events, items around the home, and just ideas that pop into my head. Sometimes the miniatures themselves inspire ideas, other times I find I have something in mind but the appropriate miniatures aren't available so there are quite a few things that are waiting on the back burner... On the practical side, I will issue of word of warning – – they are hard to keep still! Some of them have quite wobbly feet, so you need to secure them with glue. This in itself poses a complication, as those little tiny dabs can look huge close-up, so a bit of photoshop intervention is sometimes needed. All in all I'd recommend this as an alternative for anyone hoping to practice their macro skills but uninspired by flowers and bugs.