Since 2002, gastronomy fanatics Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have been photographing a series of playful dioramas, called MINIMIAM, combining miniature figurines and various kinds of food.

MINIMIAM is an apt combination of the words miniature and “yummy“ (miam in French). The miniature dramas, featuring model train figurines and fruit, vegetables or sweets, introduce us to the lives of mini people of various vocations in their everyday situations. The photographers take the close-up shots of their scenes first, and then show us how the scene works in a bigger picture.

Through the MINIMIAM project, the two professional food photographers draw our attention to contemporary issues like global warming and our dominant relationship with nature. The main purpose of these mini dramas, however, is for the photographers to have some fun and make the viewer smile.