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Tourmaline . with her series ‘Survival’ at the Badass Miniatures show, D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, Yonkers, NY

Miniatures serve as iconographic objects. Not real people, places or things, but simplistic versions of such. This allows for abstracted views o reality. The perfect medium for creating visual representations of memories and emotions – abstractions of reality within themselves.
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.

Purchase Tourmaline .’s art book, Monochrome|Polychrome here.

Tourmaline .’s studio assistant, Wolfgang

Shows & Publications

I am not currently submitting as other things are in the works. If you’d like to commission, display, publish or purchase, please reach out – Contact

Currently on View & Recent Shows

The 2020 Self-Quarantinging Exhibition, Lenscratch
Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, Issue 14 – Florida Noir, Spring 2020
Ugly Cupcake Cafe & Muffinry, Jacksonville Beach, FL, ongoing
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

Blog Posts to Check Out

10+ FAQs of Toy Photography
Creating Emotional Toy Photographs
Toy Photography and Nostalgia
Creating Art without a Mind’s Eye
Miniatures and Control
How to Make Realistic Images of Miniatures
The History of Toy Photography
The Ultimate List of Miniature Exhibits & Museums (50+ U.S. Locations)
The Ultimate International List of Miniature Exhibits & Museums (100+ Locations)

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

Published Covers

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,, 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

For a full CV, contact Tourmaline . here.

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