Small Objects and Large Ideas

Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka turns common, everyday items into magical dioramas.

 

EVERY SO OFTEN you run into an artistic idea that is so simple and yet so utterly engaging that you want to try it yourself. Tatsuya Tanaka‘s miniature dioramas are a perfect example.

The artist combines tiny figures with everyday objects like food, beauty products, and office supplies to create evocative scenarios of every kind—like the cute couple above, sharing a romantic moment amidst a “forest” of pearl-headed pins… or maybe they’re balloons. The interpretation is up to you.

Each and every day Tanaka adds a new diorama to his online Miniature Calendar, which dates all the way back to April of 2011. Do the math on that and you’ll have some idea of just how dedicated Tanaka is to this task.

“Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once,” Tanaka says on his website. “Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boats. Everyday occurrences seen from a pygmy’s perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts. I wanted to take this way of thinking and express it through photographs.”

“It would be great if you could use it to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life.”

These photos sure brightened my day. The world needs more people like Tatsuya Tanaka. Check out the images below, then visit Tanaka’s website to see the rest of his work.

 

Images: ©Miniature Calendar/Tatsuya Tanaka

                                          

Stephen Vincent D'Emidio is the editor and publisher of Wonder Alliance. steve@wonderalliance.com

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