Photographer creates stunning miniature art to entertain kids under lockdown

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A photographer has created stunning miniature pieces of art hidden around his home to entertain his children during the coronavirus lockdown.

French artist Vincent Bousserez, 46, creates amazing pictures of minuscule plastic people carrying out day-to-day activities. His work has been featured in galleries around the world but due to the Covid-19 pandemic he has now been forced to turn to inspiration closer to home. So he decided to use items around his Paris home to create the images.

One photograph shows people rollerblading in a skate park – which on closer inspection turns out to be a cactus. Another of a woman who appears to be struggling in the sea is actually a tiny figure on top of a bust while workmen in hard hats can be seen inspecting a strand of carpet.

Vincent even turned to his children’s homework to use as a canvas with tiny people skating around pencil shavings and hanging from a line in an exercise book. The dad-of-three said his latest work reflects the reality of current life in isolation with his children and wife Benedicte, 43.

Vincent explained: ‘With three kids at home it is not that easy to work so I thought I would put them in the background to show what it is really like at home.

They have fun trying to find them too. ‘Some of the photos show the reality of home in isolation and others like the figures in the skate park and smashing the glass show what we would dream of doing and what we would love to do, but can’t.

‘There are also exploratory figures in boats which contrast to our lack of freedom. ‘I will continue this series until we are out of confinement. My dog and wife have not yet appeared but may do soon.’

 

Vincent first found fame with his Plastic Life series ten years ago- which showed his miniature figures carrying out mundane activities on everyday objects, but galleries didn’t accept his artwork.

Despite branching out into landscape photography, he kept the figures and dug them out again after being forced into isolation, which is stricter in France than the UK.