Why Miniatures?

MMMPosting as part of the My Mini Monday series. A occasionally weekly feature where I discuss all things miniature, outside of the realm of my own miniature photographic scenes.

Why are we so fascinated with miniatures? What makes miniatures useful in artistic work?

These thoughts and others explored through snippets from a variety of artists/articles as cited at the end of this post.

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[Edit, linking this post on 8/12 to WordPress’ Daily Prompt: Obsessed]

Why do you find miniatures fascinating? Please leave your thoughts in a comment below.

**I’m working on compiling links for a part 2 post. Leave your thoughts below and they may make it into the next post.

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  1. I really appreciate this post today. I have always loved miniature and wondered the reason why!! Your post give me reflections on this phenomenon. One of my greatest disappointments was a visit to Los Angeles, and seeing that there was a miniature museum to visit. When we arrived, it turned out it had been closed permanently. Does anyone know where there is one? My favorite part of the Chicago Art Institute was that wonderful gallery with the dioramas with the fantastic miniatures.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m disappointed to hear that the miniature museum in LA closed, I’ve never been, but I’m sure if I ever found myself in LA I would have. Just upon a search, it looks like there’s ones in Tuscon, AZ, St. Louis, IL, Kansas City, MO and Denver, CO. I’ve never actually been to a dedicated miniature museum, but I appreciate the small displays many museums have. There’s a great train display – Entertrainment Junction in Ohio that I have been too. It’s great if you’re into that sort of miniatures.

  2. …my two cents: Because miniatures allow us to create worlds, even “impossible” ones. Personally, I love to fool around with scale (but I rarely reserve time for that)… And I always enjoy your pictures! Great ideas here.

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