I want to create images that people can pour themselves into. Images that represent the human struggle as I personally know it. Real, honest emotional outpouring.
Miniatures serve as iconographic objects. Not real people, places or things, but simplistic versions of such. This allows for abstracted views of reality. The perfect medium for creating visual representations of memories and emotions – abstractions of reality within themselves.
Fabricated Photography, Staged Photography, Narrative Photography, Toy Photography.
The Directorial Mode, Surreal Art, Pictorialism, Conceptual Art.
Tourmaline . captures staged, miniature moments. Time at a standstill in between an imagined before and after. These moments elicit familiar emotions that plague our current times – anxiety, depression, longing, with the occasional bit of joy, and a finding of ones-self amidst it all.
Discovering a love for photography at the age of 14, Tourmaline . began exploring the photography of toys at 17. It became her primary focus at 19, and over 10 years later she’s never looked back. Toys are iconographic of their time, nostalgic to their once owners, and allow for complete control of the scene before the camera.
Tourmaline . graduated from the University of North Florida in the Spring of 2013 with a Bachelors of Fine Art, concentration in Photography, and minors in Art History and Professional Education. She resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and cat.
- toy.photography | This Blog in Summary
- Current Working Toy Photographers Listing
- How Toy Photography has Changed Over Time: 1898 to Present Day
Upcoming Shows & Publications
If you’d like to commission, display, publish or purchase, please reach out – Contact
You can also purchase my work here – Fine Art America
Currently on View & Recent Shows
- The 2020 Self-Quarantinging Exhibition, Lenscratch
- Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, Issue 14 – Florida Noir, Spring 2020
- This is an Art Show, a Bangarang event at Nighthawks, Jacksonville, FL, December 20, 2019
- This is an Art Show, a Bangarang event at Nighthawks, Jacksonville, FL, August 24, 2019
- Miniature Marvels, St. Augustine Art Association, St. Augustine, FL March 2 – 31, 2019
- BadAss Miniatures, D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, Yonkers, New York, May 5 – August 4, 2018
Items of Note
- Exclu Rewind – @tourmalinenow, Exclu Collective Online, 9/9/18
- Interview with Tourmaline . – Miniature Diorama Photographer, Om Artist, 10/17/17
- Popshop Live Instagram Artist Feature, 4/10/17
- Artist Feature, Jennifer Nichole Wells: The Miniature Maestro, Exclu Issue 3, 3/1/17
- Jennifer Wells, Exclu Collective Online, 12/7/16
- Photographing Miniature Worlds: The Art of Jennifer Nichole Wells, WordPress Discover, 1/4/16
- Jennifer Nichole Wells // Photographer, Somewhere in the City, 10/8/13
- 100 Dreams and Their Biblical Interpretations by Jacob Makaya, 8/10/18
- Elsewhere Magazine Issue 13, Nov. 2017
- Tafsiri Za Ndoto 50 Kibiblia Na Hatua Za Kuchukua by Jacob Makaya, 9/30/17
- Storm Cellar Vol. IV No. 3 Summer/Fall 2015, Sightlines
- Project Management 101: 101 Tips for Success in Project Management by Lew Sauder, CreateSpace, 7/8/14
- Torn Lace by Jack Bruns, CreateSpace, 3/31/14
- Consulting 101: 101 Tips for Success in Consulting 2nd edition by Lew Sauder, CreateSpace, 2/14/14
- The Reluctant Mentor: How Baby Boomers & Millenials Can Mentor Each Other in Modern Workplace by Lew Sauder & Jeff Porter, CreateSpace, 11/13/13
- The Rebirth: Restructuring Internally through Self Evaluation (1st edition) by Natasha Huyler, lulu.com, 7/6/13
- Working Would be Great if it Weren’t for Managers: Thoughts on Business, Life & Slackers by Gary W. Wells, CreateSpace, 12/30/12
- Consultant, initial proof of concept, WWE Savage Biopic, A&E, 2020
- Life of Toy Photographers 2017 contibutor, cover and layout design, 2018 contributor
- YOUR PHOTOS! Photo Assignment #12 :: Composite Photography by Ted Forbes, 10/16/17
- AntoNova Gallery Featured Artist & various group shows, 2017
- Group Toy Photography Exhibition, Lyon, France, July 2017
- Here Comes Everyone, Toys & Games, 5/5/17
- Toy Photographers, various articles, 2017
- Built Environment, Passporte, Online, 2/7/17
- The Other Side: A Play in One Act, written by Te Hao Boon, Illustrated by Jennifer Nichole Wells, Layout by Ghostwulf, 2/28/17
- Photography Program at the University of North Florida, Student Work, 11/28/16
- Denik Licensing Agreement, May 2016
- Experiment with Formats, WordPress: The Daily Post, 5/6/15
- Wet Weather, Don’t Take Pictures, Online, 2015
- New Works from Recent UNF Photography Graduates, Southlight Gallery, Jacksonville, FL (Invitational), 2015
- Saw Palm: Florida Literature & Art, Issue 7, page 65, 139, University of South Florida