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Incredibly  Miniature Photography by 15-year-old Boy, Zev Hoover

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These miniature scenes is designed and made by 15-year-old Zev Hoover, a young Massachusetts-based artist taking pictures when he was just 8-years-old! He creates a wonderfully imaginative world by photographing regular-sized backgrounds and scenes and then shrinking his subjects down to appear miniature.

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Today the Department of Miniature Marvels explores the work of Australian artist Kendal Murray, who uses every day objects as the foundation for creating playful miniature mixed-media sculptures. She builds tiny, vibrant scenes that take place inside and atop found objects such as makeup compacts, coin purses, bottles, jars, and teapots. The human figures that Murray uses in her pieces are so very wee that she uses tweezers to dip in the in glue before delicately placing them into the dreamlike narrative scenes.

The artist says, “The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts.”

Visit the Arthouse Gallery website to view more of Kendal Murray’s whimsical miniature scenes.

[via DeMilked, Arthouse Gallery and My Modern Metropolis]

Crafting Stronger Scenes

Scenes make up the entire structure of your novel, so it’s important to know how to do this well. Very often, a new scene is identified by the start of a new chapter, but it can also be a few paragraphs/pages long. Identifying a scene is the first step.

Here is the technical definition: A scene is a unit of story that takes place at a specific location and time. If those change, you have a new scene. Your story will be illogical is it has no semblance of scene or scene changes, so this is very important.

It helps to think of each scene as its own story, with a beginning, middle, and end. Each scene needs to be necessary and advance the plot in some way, just like every other detail of your writing. However, each scene plays into the bigger story of your novel. They all build on each other.

Here are a few tips to improve the way you write scenes and communicate with your audience:

Cut out unnecessary information.

Your writing will improve drastically if you can figure out the point of each scene. What are you trying to say? What are you revealing about your characters? Each scene should add to the overall story and give us a sense of where our characters are going.  Any scene that doesn’t do this should be cut. This helps keep your novel flowing and will prevent your writing from getting boring.

Goal, conflict, and distaster/resolution.

This is pretty standard formula for crafting a strong scene.  What goal is your character trying to accomplish? What is the conflict and what stands in their way? What happens as a result of their actions? How will they resolve this problem? Obviously not every scene will have a resolution, but the disaster should lead into the next scene.  Think about these things when you’re constructing your novel. If a scene doesn’t seem to have a point, cut it. If you feel like your novel is dragging, keep a look out for scenes like this.

Don’t prematurely cut to a new scene.

Your scenes need to flow, so if you’re constantly cutting to new scenes your novel will feel disjointed. For example, if a character dies you can’t just cut to new action without any of the characters dealing with it. Don’t go from place to place or time to time without developing the story properly or using transitions. Let us stay with a scene until it leads to something else that drives the story forward. Writing up an outline will help with this.

-Kris Noel

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From the series Colorful World

Musician and photographer Nicola Kuperus constructs beautiful, unsettling images with her hometown of Detroit, Michigan as her backdrop. One half of the eletronic band ADULT., Kuperus’ early videos and performances for the band are haunted with the same macabre, Hitchcock-esque imagery. In her series Dark, Colorful World, Kuperus further plays on dislocation and suspected violence as she poses her models in cropped, stiff, and awkward positions. With the buildings and green suburbs of Detroit present but never obvious, the staged images evoke a feeling of discomfort and unknown. 

 

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Miriam Escofet’s Esoteric Paintings of Idyllic Worlds

Miriam Escofet creates rich oil paintings of idyllic scenes that nostalgically allude to classical antiquity. Perhaps the only notes of pessimism in these sumptuous depictions of ornate architecture, statues and jewels is that Escofet’s heavenly world seem to be nearly devoid of human inhabitants. This is a place that seems to belong to the gods — too perfect for mortals. Escofet originally studied 3D design and set out to be a ceramicist, which explains her attention to texture and volume. Each crease of fabric and crevice within a tree’s bark is rendered with precision. Light and shadow are greatly contrasted to a level beyond what we normally experience with the human eye, making Escofet’s fictional lands seem vivid yet illusory. via hi-fructose

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