When I was little I fixed on the fantasy that we might be tiny creatures in a giant’s world. That idea is exciting and terrifying. Exciting because it means that there is so much more to learn than we can even conceive of, and terrifying because we could be squashed at any moment. I try to be like Horton, Dr. Seuss’s elephant who found a civilization inside a dust speck, and pay attention to the small worlds around me.
These photos are created with conventional photographic techniques. The figurines are 1:87 scale. I create the scenes and light them in place, drawing on my lifelong fascination with shoebox dioramas, and my training as a lighting designer for the stage. I have exhibited this series around the world since 1996, in settings ranging from hair salons to museums. My work and writing has been published in blogs, magazines, posters and books.