it started as a personal project
I never knew I'd be thinking so small...
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to travel far and wide. And as I got older, it became clear that I loved creating art from what I observed – to showcase the feelings of wonder and awe that this world can inspire. Today I'm applying that creative process to some very tiny adventures.
COVID-19 drastically impacted the travel industry. Many of us went from having back-to-back projects, to blank calendars, seemingly overnight. My miniature worlds were born from that blank slate... a way to challenge myself, to keep myself creative, and to remind others of their own innate creativity.
The images in this series (titled Our Great Indoors) reflect the same grandeur that we observe in the "real" world. Yet, they are made out of commonly recognized objects ranging from office supplies to food. My goal is to invoke feelings of inspiration, wonder, surprise, joy, and self-reflection in those who view these images. Enjoy!
If you want the full story in three minutes and twenty-six seconds, well, this is the video for you!
Travel Photographers Are Taking Epic Nature Photos Using Indoor Optical Illusions
In the Press
The Great Indoors: Meet the Travel Photographer Creating Tiny Worlds in Her Own Home
A Travel Photographer Is Creating Miniature Landscapes Out of Food and Other Household Items
This Travel Photographer Takes Stunning "Nature" Photos Using Household Objects And They Actually Look Very Realistic
Welcome to the Great Indoors
How Pro Photographers Are Staying Creative During Lockdown
Photographer Captures the Great Outdoors with Mini Landscapes
Travel Photographer Shoots Incredible Nature Photos With Household Items And Optical Illusions
Capturing the Great Outdoors in Miniature
cbs sunday morning
How a Travel Photographer in Self-Quarantine 'Escaped' Her Apartment.
our great indoors
“The figurines with the little packs, oh my god, why are mini things so adorable?”
Here's how it goes down:
First, we have a chat and you tell me about your brand, your product. How do you want people to feel when they experience it? What are your goals for these images? From this conversation, I create sketches of some of the directions we could go in. Together, we pick the ideas that feel the most aligned.
And the fun begins! After we're clear on the concept, I plan and produce the shoot in my (miniature) studio. You choose the images you like most, and I give them a fine tuned edit before sending the finals over to you.
You start getting comments like "Woah, that's awesome". Voila.
So what *exactly* goes into a miniature shoot?
Erin Sullivan is an adventure guide turned photographer. After spending her early 20’s as a wilderness and adventure travel guide worldwide, Erin turned her experiences into a blog with the goal of helping people to find adventure in their own lives. Erin connects with thousands of people online every day through her art, centered around intentional travel, the outdoors, and creativity. Erin's 10+ years of experience as an adventure trip leader, coupled with her educational background in visual arts, gives her a unique creative viewpoint she brings to every new assignment.
Having already been to more than forty countries with his backpack, traveling is a way of life for Dimitris, and although he studied to be an engineer, he decided that sharing his passion with others is much more vital. Interacting with people has always been his inspiration. He loves the outdoors, especially rock climbing and hiking, and when he is not guiding, he is probably off somewhere on his bike. Dimitris has over 12 years of guiding experience, leading trips for the largest companies in the world including National Geographic and REI. Dimitris was honored with the REI Top Guide Award in 2013 for his unique and adventurous guiding style. Establishing his own adventure travel company TripIn Adventures was simply the next step, because showing people Greece off the beaten track, is after all, his dream job.
This is Dimitris
04. Post Production
These are AMAZING and we are so in love with what you've done! Really impressed that you kept most of the ice cream from melting while using it in such large quantities - they truly transport you to another world, while still looking delicious.”
Bring miniature magic home with you.
My print shop offers quality photo prints and wall art, featuring images from all my miniature adventures. They’re pretty much guaranteed conversation starters
“My mind is blown.”
"Love this whole series. This is next level!"
"Your series gives me life!"
“It’s magical and wondrous!”
"Your images feel therapeutic to me. I feel myself getting lost in these lands."
“Honestly, this has me feeling all kinds of things.”
“Wonderful, fresh, creative — every one of these is a fun improvisation and adventure. A gift to all.”