Bill Finger – Mininature sets & photography

Bill Finger‘s work might seem a little surreal at first, everything looks normal but something isn’t quite right?

That’s because Bill is photographing hand built miniature sets. Using his background in Film he creates these miniature worlds and photographs them. The subtlety is something to be admired, usually photographers who use mini sets want to scream in your face that this isn’t reality, but Bill’s technique goes a lot further in allowing the viewer to ponder on the uncanniness of the images before figuring out that these aren’t full scale.

As I undertake my long project in building 3D printed sets and photographing them Bill’s subtlety is something to bear in mind, although I must be realistic in using 3D printing I will tire trying to make it look “real”.

Tsuri Collection: Autumn/Winter 2010 by The Savants Collective

onitsuki tiger (Japanese clothing and apparel company) released a great promo video in 2010, it was created by The Savants Collective and was influenced by the autumn colours of Japan and fisherman.Whilst the video was great, I am more interested in the stills from the project:

As I’ve been researching miniature sets built with the intent to photograph these still offer something most don’t, it isn’t initially too obvious that this is a set, mainly because most miniature set photographer use a really really shallow depth of field almost like a tilt shift lens has been used, this video and the still however don’t do this.

There is also a constant climate, capturing the air of the season well through lighting and props. This is a great and something I want to aim to achieve when I produce my 3D printed miniature set.


Lori Nix

I am often asked questions about the inspiration for my work as well as my working process. As a ‘non-traditional’ photographer (I construct my subject matter rather than go find it) people find it hard to grasp what exactly it is that I do.

-Lori Nix

When I talk about a photograph being an alternative reality this is what I mean, constructed subject matter, creating a new world in a photograph. I stumbled across Lori Nix’s work whilst doing research for another project. But that quote really jumped out at me. It’s reconfirmed to me that my idea is getting there, it just needs developing. There are other photographers who acknowledge they construct their images, they aren’t real. Even if Lori Nix’s approach might be more literal that most.