You might have to squint a bit – or get your glasses – to see these tiny works of art, but once you do, you’ll be blown away.
These incredible miniature figurines, set in tiny, imaginary scenes, are the brainchild of Scottish artist David Gilliver (43).
David, a professional photographer, is well known for his Little People collection. It features figurines, each barely 2 cm tall, in their meticulously constructed world.
He purchases the tiny railroad figurines from Japan and Singapore and sends them to a painter to have them customised to his requirements before building the world around them.
“Creating this work is a rather delicate (yet incredibly rewarding) process,” says David.
He uses fruit or everyday objects to construct the landscape and photographs the diorama once its set up.
“The time to shoot each diorama varies, but on average each shot probably takes something like two to three hours to set up, photograph and edit.
“Sometimes lighting the miniature scenes in a satisfactory way is the trickiest part, so I spend a lot of time getting that part just right."
David has also taken the once ubiquitous blue Covid-19 face mask and found new use for them as a swimming pool for his tiny figurines, including one leaping from a diving board made from a hand sanitiser bottle.
“I've always enjoyed the interaction that takes place between the figurines and objects or props that we humans either use or consume as we go about our daily lives.”
“I've lost track of who I actually go food shopping for anymore – my family, or the Little People!”
His most recent pieces were created during lockdown, when it was difficult to travel abroad, but he says it was an ideal time to get creative with new ideas.
People have fallen in love with his work and along with exhibitions of his artwork throughout Europe, he holds courses where he teaches the techniques of macro photography – the art of photographing small subjects very closely.
David says that being a father to a young daughter has been critical in keeping his imagination alive, which he believes is important as an adult in his line of work.
"This style of photography very much taps into a childlike way of thinking. The more you do of it, the more you're able to access it. It's like a muscle almost," he says.