Today’s uncertain world can make you feel small and insignificant.  Perhaps that’s why I’m a sucker for miniatures.  OK, the real reason why I’m a sucker for them is because they’re so darn cool.

Miniature dioramas are one of those 21st century art forms that answer the question “why I love the internet”, along with videos of panda bears playing on jungle gyms and tilt shift photography.

I recently came across this very cool Miniature Calendar, created by Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka. http://miniature-calendar.com

On the site, he describes it in the manner one would probably expect, coming from a Japanese miniature artist:

Everyone must have had similar thoughts at least once. Broccoli and parsley might sometimes look like a forest, or the tree leaves floating on the surface of the water might sometimes look like little boats. Everyday occurrences seen from a pygmy’s perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts.

I wanted to take this way of thinking and express it through photographs, so I started to put together a “MINIATURE CALENDAR” These photographs primarily depict diorama-style figures surrounded by daily necessaries.

Just like a standard daily calendar, the photos are updated daily on my website and SNS page, earning it the name of “MINIATURE CALENDAR” 

It would be great if you could use it to add a little enjoyment to your everyday life.

Every day I see a new post from him on Instagram, with that day’s miniature calendar scene.  So.  Darn.  Cool!  But we are not innocent bystanders in our love of miniatures.  We have profiled artists that specialize in creating compelling miniature work.  Influenced by extreme weather and archival disaster films, Lori Nix creates apocalyptic dioramas from her NYC apartment.  If that’s a bit too bleak for your fancy, check out C+C Mini Factory.  Based in Brooklyn, these ladies’ work is a bit more fanciful and earned them the 2015 Shorty Award for Best Instagrammer!  Sheesh if I can get my daughter and wife to like one of my photos on Instagram I feel like I won the internet.

Check em out – they, like the Miniature Calendar will hopefully bring some small happiness to your day.  See what we did there.