Imagine if we suddenly shrank and the world around us became huge for us. How would we live? We would have to rebuild our homes from different things, bugs would be a much scarier threat, and traveling would take much longer.
That's what this Japanese artist, Tatsuya Tanaka, creates: miniature dioramas showing tiny people living in a big world. Tatsuya makes creative and fun scenarios using all kinds of materials, from food to office supplies to technology. The artist also often portrays famous characters from anime like Dragon Ball or Studio Ghibli. The goal of these dioramas is to raise the spirits of people and show pretty and beautiful locations in a unique and original way.
Tatsuya Tanaka writes on his website: "Everyone must have had thoughts like these before: Broccoli and parsley may sometimes look like a forest of trees, and tree leaves floating on the surface of the water may sometimes look like little boats. Everyday occurrences seen from a miniature perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts."
"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 SNS page, earning it the name of 'Miniature Calendar.'"
Here is some more information about the artist and his previous work: "Miniature and resemblance artist. Born in Kumamoto prefecture in 1981. In 2011, he began creating a 'Miniature Calendar,' a form of art that sees him use alternative items to recreate everyday things in miniature form. Since then, he has been updating and uploading content to present online on a daily basis."
"His exhibition, 'miniature life exhibition: Tatsuya Tanaka’s world of resemblance,' which is being held both domestically and internationally, has had a total of over 1,500,000 visitors (as of July 2021). As part of his main job, he 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. He currently has over 2,900,000 followers on Instagram (as of July 2021). Some of his works include 'Miniature life,' 'Miniature Life 2,' Small Wonders,' and 'Miniature Trip in Japan.'"