There’s a new miniature show that just opened, and it just so happens to be local to me, and have one of my pieces in it!
I found out about the Miniature Marvels show on Sunday, February 24th and immediately got an idea for it. I’m typically pretty against creating new work for shows, but was passionate about making this particular piece. I’ve never felt I could just print photos small for a miniature based show, and am not a miniaturist per say, so I just don’t enter them. This idea however allowed me to combine actual tangible miniatures with my miniature diorama photography.
Hi! I haven’t said that to you all in awhile. So here we are, a couple notes – my jennifernicholewells.com domain is expiring in the next couple weeks. For your challenge pingbacks and the like make sure to use tourmalinenow.com. Also, my facebook page and Google + are currently inactive/hidden, I’m working on figuring out a social media plan before returning to them – something I’m not very good at. In the meantime follow my over on instagram, twitter, youtube, and here of course! Also. I’ve finally removed those pesky ads from my site again, sorry if they’ve been an annoyance.
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Now let’s get into it – being submerged in a mini world is precisely my cup of tea. And I’ve had just that opportunity lately.
First off, Hereditary, a horror film that had the miniature world a buzz, was released a couple weeks ago. I say it the day after it came into theaters and wow, I was left speechless. It’s very real and in your face, and I was horrified, but that horror was manifested in my worry of the fate of the son. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I mean. The mother in the film, the main character, is a miniaturist, and while miniatures didn’t play as large of a roll as I had come to expect, the beginning scenes where mini rooms faded into their real counterparts was pretty cool to see.
I was curious who actually made the 1:12 scale models for the movie, and was interested to learn that Steve Newburn did. Interested to learn, because Newburn also created all the visual effects for the film.
If you’re a fan of horror – see this, if you’re a fan of miniatures, but not horror, just google image search it.
D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
As you may have seen in a previous post, I’ve had the honor to have my 5 part series – Survival in the BadAss Miniatures show at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in Yonkers, NY. While I couldn’t make it to the opening, my sister and I traveled up last weekend to see the show and gallivant around New York. We had the most wonderful time meeting Darren and Donald (pictured with me above) and seeing all the amazing talent featured in the show. Learn more about the show here.
As part of that New York trip we of course had to check out Gulliver’s Gate – a huge HO scale trip around the world in Time Square. I was very much in my element (to quote my sister), trying to get realistic images of all the tiny details. This place is definitely set up with photos in mind. I do wish I could have gotten closer to some things like the ski lifts and carnivals, but such is the nature of tiny things.
Coming Soon: Welcome to Marwen
And finally, something I haven’t seen yet, but has been floating around the online miniverse this week – Welcome to Marwen, a film about Mark Hogancamp, starring Steve Carell. Mark Hogancamp began photographing toys in the early 2000s as a therapy of sorts. I spoke briefly about him in my History of Toy Photography post over on toyphotographers.com. Seeing mental health and toy phtography, combined with a great cast of actors in the spotlight makes me very excited for this release.
And that sums it up. What adventures have you gotten up to lately?
There will be a show of the work of 4 recent UNF photography graduates, opening at Southlight Gallery in Downtown Jacksonville, FL on February 4th during Art Walk.
I know most of you who follow my blog don’t live near by, but if you do, I’d love to see you there :)
P.S. here’s what I’ll be showing (I have had such a huge issue with getting these printed. But I have a new shipment coming on the 23rd and my fingers are crossed, otherwise I’ll sure be scrambling this weekend).
Gallery 725 is putting on a great fundraising event, “My Gift to You,” February 21st with a champagne reception at 6:30 followed by the event from 7:00-9:30.
Local artists and businesses have donated some great pieces to be part of a silent auction and raffle.
This is all to benefit L’Arche Harbor House.
“L’Arche Harbor House is a community with five family-style homes, the Blanchart Community Center and an off-site day program called the Rainbow Workshop.
We believe that by creating an environment where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can share their gifts, we are affecting a positive change in the world. We believe that these shared gifts have the power to transform the lives of those who are open to receiving them. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need for one another. We resolve to explore and appreciate the diverse cultures and faith practices within L’Arche and to work together toward a more evolved and caring human society.”
I had a great PhotoJax weekend! Local Exposure was super packed with so many people and I had quite a lot of friends come out and support. CoRK was great as always- it’s constantly changing and it’s always interesting to see the new artists and their studios.
Here are a few pictures from the weekend:
Me with my pieces at Local Exposure on the 24th- photo by Erica Williams
Me and Erica at CoRK on the 25th
One of my pieces as park of the #photojaxhoods exhibit- the top middle
One of my pieces as park of the #photojaxhoods exhibit- the middle
Erica with #photojaxhoods
The Photojax exhibits are still up, so make sure to go and check everything out!