Tourmaline .

Miniature Diorama Photographer

Making it Grey

I have these moments off and on, when I’m working on a new series and I think to myself – “this is it, this will be my best work, this is my niche,” or something of the sort. The fact that I’ve had similar thoughts multiple times means maybe I was wrong, or maybe there’s never a perfect ah ha moment. But in any case, I thought it’d be interesting to look at the series of works where I’ve had these elated moments, and compare what they each have in common, and what they separately bring to the table.

Headlights

This began as a fully black and white series, and is a much larger series than what I’ve chosen to include here. I’ve come to however like the red break lights shining through in some of these. All in all this series is a voyeuristic take on the mysterious film noir look, made with HO scale (2cm tall) figures and accessories and lit entirely by electric miniature car headlights.

Miniature Architecture Studies

These are simply dimly lit grainy close ups of tiny buildings, both HO and N scale. They also have a noir feel, and although there is an absence of people, the constant window views have a voyeuristic aesthetic. 

I have played with these themes in color imagery as well, and it seems to be a shooting style I return to when taking an experimental approach. I normally plan out what I shoot, but little buildings seem to strike a different kind of inspiration.

Monochrome

This is a series that is still in progress. I’ve been working on it since around June, and have a good bit more planned (at least at the time of writing this). It again is black and white. This could still be considered a voyeuristic look as we are seeing an intimate portrait of a life, but it has a different feel. The camera is closer, and sees fully inside the house without the need for shadowy environments or window shots. While a different approach, and I could simply consider it a progression of my work, I more think this is simply a different way to show an intimate portrait. The woman walking along the road in the headlights glow above is simply going about her life as well, we just never really know what’s fully going on in other people’s lives, in their heads, and I’d like to think while the Headlights images allow the viewer to imagine what’s happening in the pictured figure’s life, the Monochrome images allow the viewer to relate and insert their own experiences into the life of the pictured figure.

So, desaturated narratives. Maybe that’s my niche.

What’s yours?

4 Responses to “Making it Grey”

  1. tms

    Really an interesting post. It asks a lot of questions I never thought about.

    However, I often find myself thinking, this picture I am making is my best … and feeling sorry the other ones are not as great. But as time passes, this feeling goes away.

    But a niche? What’s my niche? Do I need one? I am an amateur doing what he thinks he needs to do, hoping everything will eventually fall in place … or into an identifyable niche. Cheers!

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    • Tourmaline .

      I don’t think you need one at all. But you do create very moody miniature shots so I would say you do have a niche from my view. But don’t focus on that too much. I think mostly as an artist, seeking to continually improve in your last is a very good place to be.

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  2. eschudel

    Mine changes. I did a lot of closeups, and now am looking at street scenes (no people), trying to zoom out, as it were. But I do prefer things that are not neat and tidy, and in black and white. I very much like the mood you capture in all of your photos.

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