Street photographer creates tiny miniature ‘winks’ at iconic people and places in Manchester


From the mighty town of Oldham, Gisela Szlatoszlavek has been a street and documentary photographer for the past decade, capturing and documenting the iconic people and neighborhoods of Manchester and Blackpool.

About a year ago, while working as a teaching assistant, she had a “little” idea, an idea sparked by her students using small plastic figurines in the classroom that made her “think about how it would work on the street”. ”

So she started thinking about the most iconic and recognizable streets and people in Blackpool and Manchester, before starting the long process of planning and preparing the little shots.

“The idea process takes weeks,” Gisela remarks, “I’ll be using Google Street View to find the right locations and plan shots before I even leave the house.” An often laborious process of getting the angles right, aestheticlighting and a myriad of other correct variables, which will affect how the final photo will come out.

From there, Gisela then purchases the figures online, then takes her time to fit and individually hand paint them to match her intended scenes. In some cases, she went to great lengths to meticulously create miniature clothing and outfits for the characters, using a high-strength magnifying glass (and a steady hand!)

Gisela’s series of miniature scenes was titled ‘A nod to…‘ taking all of Salford Boys Club to Manchester beeand even the graffiti artist Akse P19pictured painting on a spray can with his iconic Ian Curtis memorial on Port Street in the background.

“Everything I’ve done so far is a nod to something special in the city, like the Hacienda, Manchester Unitedand Manchester City.”

Newer ‘nods’ include ‘Ancient‘ with “iconic elements such as the top 40 bands and if you were in the 80s you would understand the use of a pencil to rewind” and ‘courtiers‘ with a pink neon sign, a yellow Lambretta hit on the side and The Smithfield Social in the background.

The “Nod To” series also includes scenes set in Blackpool, where Gisela “chosen the details you would only see on Blackpool Beach; sunburned men wearing vests, buggies pulled across the sand upside down, sunbathers and “Kiss Me Quick” hats.

Gisela explains: “What’s important to me is capturing the essence of all that is great about Manchester and Blackpool and turning it into unique and original photographs that not only capture the iconic but also the fun .”

The plan is for Gisela to eventually produce a book of her incredible thumbnail images and work, and while the series remains a side project for her, the hope is to one day collaborate with other artists and possibly take commissions. remunerated.


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