One Japanese photographer has been perfecting a form of art since 2011 that sees him use alternative items to recreate everyday scenes in miniature form — the results are amusing, lighthearted and sometimes even thought-provoking.
Taysuya Tanaka‘ miniature calendar
Everyone must have had thoughts like these before: Broccoli and parsley sometimes look like a forest of trees; and tree leaves floating on the surface of water may sometimes look like little boats. Everyday occurrences seen from a miniature perspective can be lots of fun when we use our imagination.
Miniature and resemblance artist Taysuya Tanaka said, “I wanted to take this way of thinking and express it through photographs, so I started to put together a ‘MINIATURE CALENDAR.’ These photographs primarily depict diorama-style figures surrounded by
daily necessities. Just like a standard daily calendar, the photos are updated daily on my website and social media pages, earning it the name of ‘MINIATURE CALENDAR.’ It would be great if you could use it to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life.”
Below are a random selection of 30 of Tanaka’s works, but literally thousands more, plus ‘making of…’ videos of the process for many of these mini-dioramas, can be found on Tanaka’s social media pages and website. Details of these and his latest Miniature Calendar can be found at the bottom of this article, below the gallery. You might find it fun to give a title to each image as you scroll down.
Tatsuya Tanaka’s Credits Include:
- As part of his main job, Tanaka designed the title sequence for the 2017 NHK serial TV drama, Hiyokko, and the movie used for the opening of the Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. department store.
- And Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion Participate as an exhibit creator.
- He currently has over 3,200,000 followers on Instagram (as of September 2021).
Some of Tanaka’s works include:
- “MINIATURE LIFE“
- “MINIATURE LIFE 2“
- “Small Wonders“
- ”MINIATURE TRIP IN JAPAN“
- “MINIATURE LIFE at HOME“
See/order the latest ‘MINIATURE CALENDAR’ HERE.
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