Derrick Lin’s miniature figures capture the daily ups and downs of working in the office

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It’s the little things in life: miniature figurines used to capture the daily ups and downs of working in the office.

  • Derrick Lin used model train figurines to showcase office life
  • Mr. Lin, from Columbus, Ohio, photographs the scenes with an iPhone
  • The scenes he created were photographed in an advertising agency

We all know that working in an office environment can lead to disagreements over the smallest things, but one man has managed to capture the workplace like never before.

Whether it’s taking an assessment or just daydreaming at your desk, a quirky picture set uses miniature figures to note the trials and tribulations of the world of work.

Taken by photographer and brand strategist, Derrick Lin, 38, of Columbus, Ohio, each scene provides insight into the day-to-day activities of a busy marketing agency.

Mini figures in boiler suits cleaning the office fridge

Mini wonders: Tiny chimpanzee figurines recreate a 2001 Space Odyssey on Mr Lin’s desk (left) while men in thermal suits clean the office refrigerator (right)

The life of the rug: mini figures appearing to grow a piece of cloth on Mr. Lin's desk - illustrating how they are always getting to know their customers' products

The life of the rug: mini figures appearing to grow a piece of cloth on Mr. Lin’s desk – illustrating how they are always getting to know their customers’ products

'If I have to listen once again to my colleagues' fabulous vacation!'  Mini figurines sunbathing on Mr Lin's desk

‘If I have to listen once again to my colleagues’ fabulous vacation!’ Mini figurines sunbathing on Mr Lin’s desk

Sometimes feedback is hard to handle: miniature figures involved in a medical emergency

Sometimes feedback is hard to handle: miniature figures involved in a medical emergency

After employers at American advertising company Resource decided to host in-house Instagram content, creative thinker Derrick set out to create images that every office worker could relate to.

It’s safe to say that Derrick won the contest and what started as an internal project has now become an ongoing series.

Using miniature figures normally found on model trains to set different scenes, each photograph is then accompanied by a telling caption that summarizes a particular moment in time, whether it was a hit or a failure.

Coffee break

Daydreams always come when we're busiest

Thirsty Work: The figure on the left illustrates the global yearning for coffee breaks, while the scene on the right depicts how workers often daydream during their busiest times.

“Edits make me want to start over #writerproblems?” A mini figure pretends to mow a working draft

That moment you get a pat on the shoulder: marching band figurines mark the occasion

That moment you get a pat on the shoulder: marching band figurines mark the occasion

Sometimes it takes a lot to get ideas noticed: Mini figurines balanced on a colleague's glasses

Sometimes it takes a lot to get ideas noticed: Mini figurines balanced on a colleague’s glasses

Luckily, his co-workers don’t seem to mind his lunchtime antics and often volunteer as props for the next photo.

Mr. Lin said: “I have always been fascinated by anything miniature and small details, so it occurred to me that miniature figures, with the contrast of their size and animated poses , could be a great way to express our many emotions.

“In the advertising industry, every day moves fast and sometimes it can be stressful, our working days are never lacking in those little moments that an agency employee will immediately understand.

Take your child to work: mini figures play with pencils on Mr. Lin's desk

Take your child to work: mini figures play with pencils on Mr. Lin’s desk

Nail salon... who has time for that?  Mini figures paint the nails of a colleague on Mr Lin's desk

Nail salon… who has time for that? Mini figures paint the nails of a colleague on Mr Lin’s desk

Some Calls Give Us Gray Hair: A mini figure that appears to paint a colleague's gray hair

Some Calls Give Us Gray Hair: A mini figure that appears to paint a colleague’s gray hair

“But I realized those moments were actually universal and anyone who works in an office could easily relate to them.

“I try to find the amusing light of our daily frustrations, be they stress, escape or imagination.

“I actually start with the captions, look for a humorous and simple way to visualize each idea, then think about how to plant the punchline next to the image without being too obvious.

Under maintenance?  Minifigures appear to be performing maintenance work on Mr. Lin

Under maintenance? Minifigures appear to be performing maintenance work on Mr. Lin

Participate: deadlines mean camping at the office

Participate: deadlines mean camping at the office

When hunger strikes: mini figurines take effect on Mr Lin's desk

When hunger strikes: mini figurines take effect on Mr Lin’s desk

Sweet image: sweets are the currency in the office

Sweet image: sweets are the currency in the office

Bad hair is one of the biggest productivity killers: some numbers fix a co-worker's style

Bad hair is one of the biggest productivity killers: some numbers fix a co-worker’s style

In Song: Music Helps Balance the Highs and Lows of the Workweek

In Song: Music Helps Balance the Highs and Lows of the Workweek

The heat is on: minifigures appear to put out a fire

The heat is on: minifigures appear to put out a fire

Birthdays are the only excuse to vandalize your co-workers office and then talk about it over a drink afterwards.

Birthdays are the only excuse to vandalize your co-workers office and then talk about it over a drink afterwards.

‘I use my iPhone and office lighting to take the photos because I want to achieve a friendly and “everyday” style.

“Shortly after launching my Instagram page I had co-workers cheering me on and volunteering to be in photos, they still encourage me to share my series on the internet.

“The figures are actually HO scale model train figures, I was just collecting the figures I thought were fun and then thinking about what to make with them.”

Fun times: It's the biggest office beer party

Fun times: It’s the biggest office beer party

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