Photography as Art: ‘Plastic Life’ by Vincent Bousserez [Big Picture]

Quirky French photographer Vincent Bousserez has created an entire world of tiny plastic people carrying out day-to-day activities.

Plastic is all around us. It shapes much of the packaging for our food and drink but French photographer Vincent Bousserez is a man who has converted plastic into life. Everything is the wrong way round in his photographs.

People have been replaced by plastic figures of Lilliputian proportions and commonplace things such as cameras, watches and even breasts have become so monstrously huge that they’ve taken over the landscape. Other amusing snaps show the tiny folks hailing unseen cabs, washing windows and shaving a man’s face with a lawnmower.

Vincent came up with the ‘Plastic Life’ series following a trip to a miniature model shop 4 years ago. “It started that day,” said the 36-year-old. “That day I saw miniature trains, houses, trees and I was immediately captured by these little people. I stared at them thinking, I should choose one and shoot him in different places, in different situations. And I did.”

Vincent carries the mini characters around with him at all times so he can take a shot when an idea springs to mind. The self-taught photographer added: “I take them on holiday, I take them everywhere. I could be anywhere and see stuff around me and the inspiration just comes naturally. I am like a child! It is really spontaneous and natural and based on humour.”

Once he has an idea, Vincent spends 20 to 30 minutes capturing it on camera. But Bousserez’s aim is not merely to be frivolous. This is his attempt at pointed visual satir. “Each photo becomes a poetic and humouristic screenplay which can be interpreted as [a] denunciation of our vices,” he said. [TwentyOneHundred (FR) via Vincent Bousserez/Flickr]

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