Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called Un Petit Monde?
Edwige happens to be French and when we were brainstorming a title for our project, she asked: "What about Un Petit Monde?" (It's the French translation for A Small World). Perfect! By the way, the pronunciation sounds like: Uh-Peh-Tee-Moaned
Where does your inspiration come from?
I have had these miniature toy figures in one form or another since I was a young child. Instead of using the figures for my model railroading set (for which they were intended), I dreamed up scenarios out in my backyard. As an adult, my inspiration comes from current and past experiences, how I see the world and my sense of humor. Also, I really enjoy macro photography so the combination is a natural fit!
How small are the figures?
The figures are less than 1 inch or 2cm in height. In the hobby world, they are considered HO scale or 1:87.
Are the backgrounds real?
Yes. I use a fisheye lens and shallow depth of field when shooting the scenes. First, the lens is super wide angle and captures more of the surrounding environment. Second, shooting with a shallow depth of field produces the out-of-focus, "dreamy" backgrounds. Shooting this way can make the backgrounds appear fake or digitally modified, but they are not.
Do you make the little people?
No. We purchase the miniatures from local hobby shops and often buy the figures from people on eBay. However, I do create a lot of the props by hand and manipulate (glue and paint) the figures when necessary.
Are you both photographers?
Yes. I shoot and process the photos, conceive of the scenes, create the props and deal with all of the technical aspects of our project. Edwige coordinates the day-to-day tasks such as researching locations, ordering materials, coordinating our travels and interacting with people inquiring about the work.
Do you do commissioned work?
Yes, we have done some commissioned work involving the miniatures. My motivation for this type of photography comes from the places Edwige and I travel to and the experiences that we share. We are committed to producing fine art photography and will consider commercial inquiries.
Do you have a book of your work?
Yes! We have self-published a limited edition book (edition of 500) and currently sell it in our Un Petit Monde Etsy Store. We have also published a children's book which you can find on Amazon.