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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Digitally Shrunk

Mesmerizing self portraits made by boy just 14 lives out his dreams as a tiny person

A 14-year-old photographer has taken the internet by storm with his creative and dreamlike images that make normal-sized people appear tiny.
Zev Hoover, from Natick, Massachusetts, goes by the Flickr username Fiddle Oak, a play on 'little folk', which adequately describes the incredible images that make up his 'miniature world'.
In his fantastical photos in which people are digitally shrunken, acorns make excellent seats, Popsicle sticks are the ideal size for building rafts, and paper airplanes are viable modes of transport.
Zev Hoover
Otherworldly: 14-year-old photographer Zev Hoover has taken the internet by storm with his creative and dreamlike images that make normal-sized people appear tiny
Zev Hoover
Young talent: The Natick, Massachusetts native goes by the Flickr username Fiddle Oak, which is a play on 'little folk', the theme of his magical images
Zev told Today.com that while he takes the photos with his own camera, his older sister Nell, 18, was the brains behind the original tiny people concept.
'She is sort of my partner in crime,' he said, adding that she is 'more of a writer'.
While Nell may have come up with the idea, Zev executes the images beautifully, and his unique work has attracted the attention of professional photographers and designers.
The 14-year-old, who also writes a blog, explained the complicated process of how he creates his dreamlike images, many of which feature him as the main subject.
Zev Hoover
Complex: The process involves capturing the background, shrinking photos of people in similar lighting, manipulating the images in Photoshop and editing the color scheme so that it all matches
Zev Hoover
Distorted: In one of the photos that plays with size ratio, a miniscule-looking boy sits on the edge of a rock, a violin in his hand
Zev Hoover
Miniscule: In another image, a boy appears small enough to fit inside a tiny paper boat, made from a page in a book
The process involves capturing the background image first, shrinking photos of people in similar lighting, manipulating the images in Photoshop and editing the color scheme so that it all matches.
'It takes a long time,' he said of the resulting images, which are so otherworldly that they almost look like drawings.
One image shows a boy constructing a house of playing cards, his body the same size as the cards.
In another image, a 'miniature' boy and girl sit upon a raft made of Popsicle sticks, the sail of which is a single leaf.
Zev Hoover
Mixed media: 'It takes a long time,' Zev said of his otherworldly works, which sometimes incorporate drawing
Zev Hoover
Stimulating: Zev gets a lot of support from the Flickr community, where he shares his work. 'It's two-way, and it inspires and invigorates me a lot,' he said of the website. 'There is so much good energy'
Zev Hoover
Born into it: The youngest of four, Zev - who is home-schooled by his sculptural artist mother - grew up in a household that fostered creative pursuits
Many of Zev's images explore nature, including one in which a boy perches inside the shell of an acorn.
Another nature-themed photo, which plays with and distorts size ratio, shows a miniscule-looking boy sitting on the edge of a rock, a violin in his hand.
Photography and design websites have picked up on Zev's work, lauding him for being so talented and creative at such a young age.
'Zev has proven to be one photographer to keep an eye on,' wrote one MyModernMet.com writer.
Zev Hoover
At one with the outdoors: In one photo, a miniature boy perches comfortably inside the shell of an acorn
Zev Hoover
Enchanted: Many photography websites have praised Zev's work, which 'takes the viewer along on a magical journey of rediscovering the world around us'
Zev Hoover
Natural environment: A number of the teen's images explore humans' relationship with nature
The blogger goes on to praise Zev's style, which 'takes the viewer along on a magical journey of rediscovering the world around us.'
The youngest of four, Zev - who is home-schooled by his sculptural artist mother - grew up in a household that fostered creative pursuits.
He began taking his first photos at the age of eight with a cell phone camera, before acquiring two professional instruments - a regular camera and a video camera - which he lovingly named 'Betsy' and 'Diana'.
Not only is he a talented photographer, but Zev also seems to be wise beyond his years in other fields as well.
Zev Hoover
Self portrait: Many of Zev's images use himself as the main subject
Zev Hoover
Humble origins: Zev began taking his first photos at age eight with a cell phone camera, before acquiring two professional instruments - a regular camera and a video camera - which he lovingly named 'Betsy' and 'Diana'
Zev Hoover
Ambitious: In his spare time, Zev browses technology blogs, builds and flies model airplanes, and dreams about going to college to study art or graphic design
Zev Hoover
Feet on the ground: Despite all his success thus far, Zev is markedly down-to-earth. When asked about all the attention he has been getting recently, he said: 'It's just so lucky and random'
In his spare time, he browses technology blogs, builds and flies model airplanes, and dreams about going to college to study art or graphic design.
But despite all his ambition and success thus far, Zev is markedly down-to-earth.
When asked about all the attention he has been getting recently, he told Today.com: 'It's just so lucky and random.'

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