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Small is beautiful. Michael Paul Smith, Erin Tyner and Slinkachu.

December 1, 2011

Do you feel that you’ve been here before ?  Perhaps you’re parents grew up in the USA here ?

Or how about these streets ?

Would you be surprised to find out that the above places don’t exist anywhere that you can drive to, they have all been created by the very talented model builder Michael Paul Smith.  The places form an imaginary town from Michael’s memories of his growing up.  He has skilfully constructed them over hours and hours of patient labour and photographs the end results, often using real backgrounds in the distance that fit into the scale of his model street landscape.

There’s a great interview from The International Craftsmanship Museum on Michael here.  If you like this era (as you will know by now that I do) then pick up a copy of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson and you’re in for a treat of 50’s and 60’s Americana.  Another artist who works with models is Erin Tyner. She sells photographs of her creations on Etsy.

She says ” My background is in the field of mental health with degrees in Psychology, Criminal Studies and a Masters in Social Work. Before taking up photography I worked as a behavioral therapist. Now I am creating and selling photography but my interest in human behavior continues to influence my work.”

I love the moods that her images suggest.

Another artist who’s been creating small worlds, but with a degree of humour is Slinkachu.

There’s a great interview about the artist on the More Intelligent Life site here.

He quite often leaves the miniature sets where he photographs them and says that he returned to one about five days later and it was still there !  He says ” I started buying hard plastic train set figures and modifying them. I scrape away the details with a tiny knife, using a magnifying glass. I change them, too. One guy who was riding a bike, I turned him into a superhero about to fly off a building. I’ve used old zoo figures from the ’60s.”  Keep an eye out for something small coming to your neighbourhood soon !

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 3:27 pm

    Great stuff and impressive work by these artists. I like Slinkachu’s novel take on miniatures.

    • December 1, 2011 3:39 pm

      Thanks Jil, yes I agree and love his sense of humour too.

  2. TayabIqbal permalink
    December 6, 2011 12:50 pm

    Love this!

    • December 6, 2011 1:50 pm

      Thanks for your comments, all great to receive. Hope you enjoyed the Manchester Markets.

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