Thursday, November 27, 2008

Less is more

Many thanks to Jonathan at The Bedside Crow for drawing my attention to a superb new book called Little People in the City, by the artist Slinkachu. Little People is a collection of photographs of minute, hand-painted figures of people doing everyday activities. However, instead of existing in the utopian setting of a model railway, they are adrift in the real world, trying, like insects, to negotiate their way through an environment designed for giants. Here are some examples:








Beyond the comic aspect of model railway figures in incongruous settings, there is something very moving about these small, vulnerable people going about their daily lives. In the city, we are all little people and the genius of Slinkachu lies in capturing the fragility of human existence (at this point the Pseud's Corner alarm starts ringing).

4 comments:

depesando said...

you may also like this -

http://www.foleygallery.com/exhibitions/exhibitions_past_ins.php3?exhib=7

John Self said...

It's worth adding that the pics really come into their own when shown alongside the 'long shot' of the scene, where the little person is just visible as a speck within the normal landscape.

C. B. James said...

Fascinating pics. I'd love to see them in a gallery setting. I think seeing them as full size photographs would add another deminsion to them.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

What a splendid concept! They evoke exactly the same emotions in me too Steerforth. A metaphor for the age of uncertainty indeed.