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The Dresser (Scene from a Miniature) by Nadya Johnson

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After getting away from photography for several years, I purchased a digital camera in 2005 for the primary purpose of photographing miniatures, especially those I entered into contests. This is from a project called “La Casita” (Little House in Baja) – a close up of the dresser in the bedroom.

These are very tiny items! I made the perfume bottles out of beads. The photos are all from my family album, reduced to approximately 1/2 inch in size. (My mom, me as a baby, my dad and me when I was 3). The postcards are real too again, scanned and drastically reduced. I made the window with the screen from bits of broken dollhouse furniture. Oh yes, and there’s a cat peering out the window.

I quickly discovered that photographing all these tiny items is almost as hard as making them to start with! As a result of this particular project, I got back into photography again – this time, with digital. At one time, I was very fond of film (Fujichrome and Kodachrome) but I was never happy with the photos of my miniatures; much too long a wait to see the end results, and far too many wasted shots.

I’m still taking photos of my miniatures today but have branched out to many other types of work as well. This was taken with a Kodak Easyshare but I now use a Canon Rebel XTi.


miniatures, dollhouse miniatures, small items

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