I went with an experimental take on this challenge.
1st, you know that weird effect you get when you zoom in or out while taking a picture (it seems the actual name for this technique is Zoom Burst/ Blur)? In any case, I’d never tried it with miniatures. So I did. Granted this is my first attempt with this, so this photo has little meaning, but it gives me some interesting ideas to use in the future.
I wanted the feel of standing on the edge of the building, on the roof, ready to let go, but I didn’t want to fully picture a moment with the potential to be so graphic. I wanted a metaphor, not a trigger. So I drew a box – 2.5″ x 2.5″ with a dry erase marker on a piece of printer paper. I chose a figure, hands on her hips, looking outward, black and white to match the scenery. Minimal. I played with angles to find one that captured what I wanted to show. I started high and got more level with the figure. This way we have come out to the roof top with her. We can see what she sees- which in this case, is a blank slate on which you can write your own view, your own story.
I just had to though. I re-discovered this treasure chest in my box of miniatures last week and actually posted a picture of it to my instagram. I set it up a bit better for this shot thought, adding glitter and polymer clay pieces of gold.
There’s a new neighborhood being built just down the street from where I live. We drive past daily and see the progress they’ve made. Yesterday, there were 3 construction workers on the very top of one of the houses that was still just wood frame. The sun was behind them and it created such an iconic image. I was driving, and thus didn’t take a picture. But I’ve been disappointed with the missed opportunity. Then I realized, that I can just create the scene on my own in any way I please.
With that, I scaled it down to just one worker, and changed the time of day to sunset. And here you have it, using HO scale miniatures.