Gulliver’s Travels for the modern day: miniature people with ordinary that are installed at an incredibly small scale, urban art that blend into the background of everyday debris on sidewalks and streets. Seen up close, these tell stories of their microcosmic world that range from heartwarming to harrowing – not your typical gallery arts.
The Little People project by Slinkachu has grown a significant following over the years with periodic blog updates, gallery shows and even a book of miniature adventures. Sometimes they are slain by forces of the larger world and at other times these tiny individuals take advantage of their surroundings.
Most of the photographs of these small-scale scenes come in pairs – a close-up shot that almost seems ordinary, a scene from everyday life, followed by a more panoramic wide-angle view of the grotesquely larger world that surrounds them and, in many cases, the unknown dangers they are in.
While many of these stagings are quite simple and rely on existing conditions, minimal (if any) props and a few small painted figures a few are more elaborate and correspondingly strangely more engaging. Like a shuttle from outer space, this hybrid fast food box (for example) has apparently bedazzled the little person that encountered it who is shown frozen in time making his way toward the light.