Home Office (Scene from a Miniature) by Nadya Johnson

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Home Office (Scene from a Miniature) by 

Close up from “La Casita”, a miniature (dollhouse) I did a couple years ago inspired by our real home in Baja, Mexico. I did not have a doll in the photographs I entered for the contest, but at some point later on I came across a doll who seemed to fit, so in she went. I was told later by a friend, “That’s you!” So I suppose it is! She’s hard at work out there on the patio, must be working on a novel or a photo book… not too certain how she’s doing with the wine, but they don’t call it Margaritaville for nothing, folks! When the song plays, Gringos tend to stand.

This adobe home and nearly everything inside it was handmade. The serapi table cloth is from a belt. I collected all the shells along the beach while I was living there. And they’re so tiny, I had to use a pair of tweezers just to put them into place. The vase is a bead and the typewriter is approx. 1/2" in length.

Actually I had a computer and a printer and I used it for our menus and brochures (we owned a bar and grill). No internet connection though – that came later on in 2004 – so for that, we had to go to town and use the Internet Cafe.

Aha, Baja! One chance at a time machine and I am going back! Sadly, things just aren’t the same down there today.

By the way, no I didn’t win the contest. Which hasn’t stopped me from entering again – and yet again, regardless! Miniatures are much like photography. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked!

Taken with my Canon Rebel XTi. Have to add that photographing miniatures is almost as hard as creating the projects in the first place! For years, I photographed my projects – other peoples’ projects, too – on film with my Canon AE-1. It was a great camera! But when it came to miniatures, I simply wasted too much film. You couldn’t see the pictures; then you had to wait – and wait – for the developed slides or prints. Only then, after the fact, could see where you’d gone wrong. Tiny vases toppled over, maybe… dust bunnies, lint specks, maybe hairs (on this scale, every microscopic flaw will show)! Only with the advent of digital, am I happy with the photos of my miniatures. Now I can see the photos on the spot and fix the problems right away … and/or, change the lighting, maybe the perspective for a better view. I can even clone out lint or cat-hairs if I miss them in the Real World! Wish I could go back and catch those other projects, now! Hurray for Digital!)


doll, mexico, baja, miniatures, dollhouse miniatures, small items


  • Melissa Gurdus
    Melissa Gurdusalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic miniature…very well done and great photo, Nadya!!

  • Thanks, Melissa!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    ♥ Excellent !!! :D ♥

  • Thank you, Evita!

    – Nadya Johnson

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

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