For 5 Years This Japanese Artist Creates A Fun Miniature Diorama
What initially started as a means of photographing his collection of diorama dolls amongst familiar settings constructed to scale, has now unfolded into a long-term venture. One that he’s not likely to stop anytime soon.
Art director and photographer Tatsuya Tanaka’s imagination has built a magnificent number of miniature worlds. Through the artist’s clever lens, everyday activities like construction work, walking the dog, getting a parking ticket, and plowing through a blizzard become delight-inducing scenarios. Tanaka uses office supplies, food, and other found objects that he utilizes as set pieces or backdrops for miniature inhabitants. You would think his desire to continue the project would diminish after surpassing 1,000 photos or that his imagination would be completely tapped, but that’s clearly not the case.
For his project Miniature Calendar, Tanaka has been stretching his imagination to its limits nearly every day for the last four years. Individually, the photos might invoke a smile or chuckle as you get the joke, but when viewed collectively they morph into a fascinating study on Tanaka’s breadth of creativity.