MiniMail: Slinkachu And His Little People

minimail - Geplaatst op 30 september 2010

He’s a photographing modern day Gulliver only his little people are completely oblivious of his giant camera. That is probably why the scenes Slinkachu portrays are so endearing to us. We see a magnified universe filled with people completely immersed in their day to day business. Which, unsurprisingly, looks a lot like ours. To celebrate the release of an updated Dutch version of his book Big Bad City, here’s a MiniMail with artist Slinkachu.

The scenarios for Little People are endless. What would you like to do with them next?
“The themes of my work are pretty universal so I want to get to different cities around the world to expand the project further.”

Do you make up scenarios in your head and give the Little People names?
“I don’t give them names, but I do always imagine a story in each picture that I take. I like to play with the titles of the images to sometimes twist what people may think an image is about. More and more I have become interested in narrative in my pictures.”

What do you feel when you leave the figures at the scene?
“I am never sentimental about leaving the figures. The abandoning of the figures is part of the whole work. And I find it fun to speculate as to what might happen to them when they are left.”

How do people respond when they see you preparing a scene on location?
“Most people, at least in London, ignore me. People tend to want to avoid any strangeness when they are just going about their day to day lives, and I guess I must look a bit mad lying down in the street with my camera pointed at a dirty street corner. I’ve also been approached by people who think that I have collapsed and that I might need medical help.”

Hehe. What does the brand that produces the figures think of your work? No legal hassle?
“I mostly use train set figures made by the German company Presier, as they come in such great variety and are really well sculpted. I have no idea what they think of my work as I have never had any direct contact with them.”

Aren’t you afraid that people will see you as a one trick pony?
“Not really. I am mostly just entertaining myself, and if people like my work and can relate to it then that is great. I am careful not to repeat the same ideas a lot, just for my own sanity. Recently I’ve been incorporating sound in to my works with miniature hidden speakers, which has been fun.”

Is recognition important to you?
“Yes and no. I love the fact that people like my work and I love getting emails from people around the world who have seen it and perhaps been inspired by it. But in terms of recognition and fame on a personal level – that isn’t really what makes me tick to be honest. In fact I find the whole thing a bit uncomfortable!”

Would you like to bring Little People alive through animation?
“Not animation as such. I am working on a short film at the moment, but it won’t involve animation in the traditional sense.”

Check out an updated Dutch version of his book (published by Lebowski) Big Bad City over at the American Book Center or other nice bookshops.

Want to win your own copy? Mail me something small and I’ll do my best for you

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