Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design – Criteria P 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Having previously and briefly covered the work of Slinkachu in level 2, I am going a bit more into detail for this post. I feel his work is quite relevant for this topic as much of his creative work revolves around transformation, not only of an area but also of perception and viewpoint and often a political message is involved.
In the above image for example I see a tug of war over money between the “normal people” and bankers. Its all about perception as someone else may see something completely different.
Slinkachu is a British photographer who works with miniature models of people and other created props to build and set lots of different scenes and “installations” to be photographed.
Some of Slinkachu’s photos have a more obvious meaning such as this one which could be a statement about the looming presence of litter on beaches and coastal areas.
As the miniature people seem to be rockpooling a giant can distracts you from the tiny composition that looks remarkably believable.
Slinkachu must have to go to great lengths to create a scene before he takes the photo. Some of his photos would have had more work put into the building of the scene than others. Slinkachu has to plan his photos and build them before he can shoot the photo, the agility necessary to place the figures alone is impressive.
What Slinkachu does is focus on small things and makes them interesting with the addition of tiny characters. Many people could isolate a small object on the floor and take a picture of it but Slinkachu creates a scene and a distorted sense of scale that can put things in a new perspective.
I definitely took some Inspiration in some form from Slinkachu for my Lego traveller series featuring a Lego photographer off on holiday. I wanted it to seem like the small figure was much larger relative to the surroundings I do think I managed to convey this in the images and I really enjoyed the experience.
Subject Matter: Slinkachu uses miniatures to create scenes. These scenes contain all types of people and is more about the situation that they exist in rather than who they are, but the figure’s are made to fit the theme of the scene they are in (eg swimming figures are in suitable clothing ect). Slinkachu also uses lots of real size props for the miniatures to interact with such as food, badges, cigarettes ect.
Context: Slinkachu has dubbed his work as ‘abandoning miniatures’ as he leaves all of his miniatures in the places he creates them. He believes that his work is a sculpture, street art and photography all in one. Slinkachu says that his inspiration is to get city dwellers to take in their surroundings and to be more space aware and he tries to capture the ‘loneliness and melancholy’ of living in a big city, but there is a little ‘humour’.
Composition: Slinkachu loves to get the camera low down or directly on the floor often with a shallow depth of field to capture the miniatures in focus. He likes to fill the foreground with the miniatures, with the background being a blurred environment that often helps give context to the rest of the image.
Lighting: The lighting is seemingly natural but a secondary light might have been used in some images. No flash was used in any of the images.
Colour: The images are in full colour sometimes using colour splash. Slinkachu doesn’t always do anything too specialised colourwise but his bright colours stand out in the city’s dull grey backdrop.