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Miniature Calendar/Tatsuya Tanaka


Taking the miniature art trend to the extreme, Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka's Miniature Calendar features the tiniest diorama scenes. Using ordinary objects, Tanaka inserts his intricately painted miniature figures (28mm to be exact) into the scene so that the object appears magnified and with an entirely renewed purpose. Tanaka opens up a new perspective to the viewer in a way that is charming, lighthearted and whimsical.

On his website, Tanaka explains, 'Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once. Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or 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.'

The reaction has been incredible, with people wanting more of these uncannily detailed little scenes and so Tanaka, over a four-year period, created a calendar with a new diorama for every day of the year. 'It would be great if you could use it to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life,' he says.

Motherboards as rice paddy fields; A lettuce leaf as a barrel wave or a stack of leaning books as a torrential downpour; Tanaka sure has an eye for seeing deeper than the surface level functionality and ordinariness of an object, which is both inspiring and a lesson to us all in finding the exceptional in everything.

Have a look at some of his amazing work here:

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For more info visit miniature-calendar.com

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