Slinkachu – Little PeoplePosted: January 29, 2015
Slinkachu has been one of my favourite photographers since I first discovered his work during my second year of college. His work strongly connects with the ‘City’ project I am currently working on and despite being a little under the weather (due to an excessively big night on the town) I have managed to bash out a research page for his photography that I am actually quite proud of:
A clearer view of the text:
Slinkachu (AKA 34 year old Stuart Pantol) is a self-taught street photographer based in London (with just a few college photography courses under his belt).
His images feature miniature characters placed in positions resembling farmiliar situations in a much larger environment.
Pantoll explains how the idea came from his childhood railway sets that were bought for him by his father. However he was much more interested in the model people and the houses and trees than the actual trains.
All of the characters in Slinkachu’s photographs are made from model figures from train sets, each figure is individually hand painted and repositioned with the occassional item of clothing made from modelling clay or prop added to give them more of an individual look for different scenarios.
Slinkachu began photographing his series of ‘Little People’ in 2006 and since then has had his work featured in various areas of the UK as well as places in Europe and America; including Italy, Germany, Norway and New York.
Now his photos sell for prices as high as £6,500 and he has three books of his work for sale in a variety of different countries.
A lot of Slinkachu’s work is based on raising awareness of significant global events and issues; he has produced photos based on the protests in Turkey, unemployment issues in Europe, focusing on young people and working in Paris (the ‘Why is it so hard to find a job? Series). He has also photographed characters working in the paddy fields of Beijing and a couple embracing in the snow in Moscow beneath a real life sized CCTV camera.
After Slinkachu is finished with a photo he often leaves the miniatures to fend for themselves and rarely goes back to check on them. However once in Germany he left a character with a cigarette and an hour later when he walked past, he noticed the cigarette was gone and the man was left standing alone.
According to Pantoll the scene had an eerie feel to it. In an interview with Alice Jones from the Independant he explains how he was surprised to find that people were becoming attached to his characters in the way a child becomes attached to a toy or a pet.
“We have an innate pull to look after small things” he says when asked about the way the viewer reacts to his photos.
We as the audience feel empathy towards the characters because of our natural reaction to the familiar appearance and the humanisation of the people in the photos and our instinct to protect or help people in danger.
During the same interview with Alice Jones Slinkachu is described as ‘the artist who is the God of small things.”
Slinkachu now uses a Canon 400D to photograph his work, however when his photography venture began he used a basic ‘point and click’ digital camera and has also used a Canon 5D mk2.
Many people ask where Slinkachu gets his ideas from, to which he sarcastically replies “Like most people, ideas come from my head through a process called ‘thinking’” and also explains how he enjoys sitting in coffee shops, people watching, reading the news and doodling in a sketchbook to generate inspiration. for his humourous, touching, and sometimes unsettling photographs.
Things I intend to take from this exercise:
- I am sometimes capable of doing productive things even with a hangover
- My graphic design skills seem to be improving…practise makes perfect!
- The more time you spend on something, the more rewarding it is at the end, so stop rushing projects!
- Oh and staying in bed until the afternoon isn’t always a bad thing