Images of Tiny Things Captured Outside the Box
Do you remember being a young student and always wanting to rebel against your professors? Well, that was me, except I always rebelled in a civilized and non-threatening way (like not wearing shoes to class and using a different brand of film than was recommended).
An act of rebellion is what started my series of miniature photographs.
In my second photography class, the professor gave us the incredibly vague assignment of just "nature." This was the stage in my learning where I was sick of seeing macro photos of flowers and barn wood, so I was determined to find a loop hole, a way to take this nature shot without actually using nature. I happened to remember seeing these teeny tiny deer figurines in Hobby Lobby, so I bought them. I don't remember what inspired me exactly, but I came up with using a half melted Popsicle as a pond and thus created Popsicle Pond. I think my love of alliteration and sugar was the main inspiration!
The response that I got from the professor was great. He loved that I thought outside the box, and he encouraged me to do more, so in my spare time I came up with about 8 more images, and during an art retreat I showed them to the entire department. People ate them up! (Pun intended, of course). I was overwhelmed and thrilled that I had produced something that my peers enjoyed and praised. In my head I was thinking "Kristi, you did it! You got noticed! You did something worthwhile!" This was huge for me, especially as an art student. This was when I finally realized I could actually be a successful artist without being able to paint or draw or sculpt.
My most recent images have been executed with much more technical skill than the early work, but I am still quite fond of those quirky early images (Lollipop Forest & Hungry Policemen especially). They have all been shot on one of three cameras:
Canon Rebel XT (my first love)
Nikon D200 (my weird Nikon phase)
Canon 5D Mark II (I would marry it, if I could)
Lighting on my images vary, but lately I like to use my two Alien Bees when I can. I've also used window light, which I love. It mostly just depends on the scene and what works better!
I don't really have a method of developing ideas, but I love to work off of phrases or funny stereotypes. I'll think of something as I'm falling asleep or when I'm in the shower, and I'll just jot it down. If I come back later and it still sounds good, I'll try to develop it into something great! Several of my ideas have come from Etsy customers wanting a specific item used, and I LOVE doing those. It's like making up your own recipe out of ingredients that someone gives you.
Even though I haven't come up with a great idea in a while, I still have a few fledgling ideas floating around in my head, and I hope to make some of them come to life soon. My hope is that someday I'll be able to quit working full-time and focus on this little corner of the internet more.
P.S. If you want to know more about my personal life, you can read all you need to know (and probably things you didn't care to know) on my blog: http://kristimcmurry.blogspot.com/
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Owner, Set-er Up-er & Photographer
Hi! I'm Kristi, the brains behind these imaginative miniature photos. I consider myself a pretty punny person (and I appreciate alliteration). I am currently working full time as a web designer + freelance photographer in Tennessee.
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I use rigid mailers for my photos and inside the mailer they will be safe and sound inside photo archival plastic sleeves.