Antique figurines go on an adventure in the series of miniature photographs

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Brazilian photographer Renan Viana proves that even small outings can turn into big adventures. With nothing more than her camera, a handful of tiny figurines, and an unbridled imagination, Viana magically transforms her local environment into a larger-than-life landscape.

As part of his ongoing project titled I shrunk people, Viana places small plastic figures in locations ranging from sunny paths and sandy beaches to puddles on sidewalks and subway stations. He then documents their adventures and activities to playfully personify them and explore “what it would be like to be so small in this situation.”

Viana was inspired to pursue miniature photography in 2014, when he purchased a pack of fun-sized figurines from an antique store. After a fresh coat of paint and a few minor repairs, the antique figurines were like new, leaving Viana with the little traveling companions he’s come to know and love. “Miniature figures are my companions for discovering new places,” he told the Instagram blog. “I carry a few in a little box, and every time I go out I stage my walks.”

Today, he continues this original project, filming his subjects in locations all over São Paulo. In addition to outdoor locations, Viana also uses food, flowers, and other everyday objects as whimsical backdrops.

You can see more of Viana’s shrinking series on Instagram.

With adventurous antique figurines as subjects, photographer Renan Viana specializes in miniature photography with a travel-inspired twist.

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