Slinkachu-Inspired Photography Project

For this photography project, fifth grade students began by learning basic camera settings and studied the photographic technique of adjusting aperture to control depth of field. The students viewed the work of Slinkachu, a street installation and photographic artist, who creates scenes in public places with tiny toy railroad people and then photographs them using shallow depth of field. The soft focus from shallow depth of field that surrounds his subjects gives them a grander sense of scale and helps viewers suspend their disbelief. Students received their own miniature people, created small props and structures, and photographed them around campus. While taking their photographs, students kept in mind how important lighting and camera angle are in creating visually compelling images.