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ADVENTURE TO LILLIPUT
遇見小人國

一棵嫩綠的西蘭花,會令你聯想起甚麼?普遍人可能僅視之為食物,然而日本微型攝影大師田中達也卻幻想出一個有趣弔詭的畫面──把微型動物放置於數棵西蘭花之間,使其化作一片茂密且物種豐富的森林。田中達也具有敏銳的觀察力,六年多來持之以恆,樂此不疲,以各式各樣的微型玩偶和日常生活的用品,製作不同的場景。看完他的作品之後,或許你會發現,世界原來不像你預期那麼大。

從剛開始Instagram的帖子只有十數個「讚好」,到現今有逾一百萬個追蹤者,田中達也一直堅持在做自己喜歡的事。自2011年4月開始,他開展了《微型日曆》的企劃,每天在Instagram更新作品,利用生活中觸手可及的物品,配合不同身份、姿態的玩偶,打造一幀幀治癒人心的畫面。隨着大企業Toyota、ANA等相繼邀請他合作,他毅然自立門戶,辭去原有的穩定工作。不僅是企業廣告,就連作家伊坂幸太郎的《剩下的人生都是休假》封面,以及NHK晨間劇《雛鳥》的主題曲動畫,都是出自他的構思和巧手。他更走遍日本全國多地、台灣和香港舉行個人展覽,希望為別人的生活融入一絲趣味。

對田中達也來說,食物、文具、化妝品等,均是創作的好材料,難怪他亦自言他的靈感總是源源不絕。創意並不是無中生有的產物,而田中達也則會藉由閒逛和觀察以獲取靈感,並馬上記錄下來。他的聯想力十分豐富,例如看見一條深藍色的牛仔褲,便會聯想到湛藍的大海,繼而想到滑浪的情境。日本的視覺藝術界有一個術語──「見立て」(mitate),廣泛地用於庭園、茶道、文學等範疇,就連田中達也本人亦以「見立て作家」自居。此詞的意思就是用某事物比擬另一樣事物,從眼前實際看到的「近景」,引伸至更深層的意象。他眼中的世界,嶄新之餘又予人似曾相識的感覺,不論是任何國籍或年齡,都能意會箇中的玄妙之處。

「從微小的視點看待日常事物,將會產生許多有趣的想法。」田中達也尤其享受仿如置身於「小人國」之中的感覺。其實生活的趣味,就在於不斷的發掘。每個人對世界的解讀都不一樣,只要我們發揮一點小創意和想像力,也能建構出屬於自己的宇宙。

撰文:王以珞
相片:www.instagram.com/tanaka_tatsuya/
美術:王曉澄

What do you associate with a piece of green broccoli? While most people may simply take it as a kind of vegetable, Tanaka Tatsuya, a Japanese miniature photographer, conceives broccolis as trees and uses them to create a miniature forest. With a great attention to trivial matters, he uses many tiny figures and everyday life products to make different dioramas. After viewing his artwork, you will find that the world is not as big as you expected.

At first, he only received around ten “likes” for each Instagram post. But he persists in doing what he is passionate about and now his Instagram account has got more than 1 million followers. Since April 2011, he has started an ongoing project called “Miniature Calendar”, using tiny human figures with different postures and characters, as well as daily necessities, to creature daily scenes that keep the followers hypnotized. As some of the large business corporations, including Toyota and ANA, invited him to collaborate on the advertisements, he quitted his job and decided to devote himself completely in doing miniature dioramas. Not only advertisements of business corporations, but the book cover of Isaka Kotaro’s Nokori Zenbu Vacation and the animation opening of NHK’s drama Hiyokko were also created by Tanaka Tatsuya. He has traveled to a number of places in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong to hold miniature exhibitions, making endeavor to crack people up.

To Tanaka Tatsuya, everything can ignite his creativity, such as food, stationeries and cosmetics. He himself also said that he had endless source of inspiration. What does he do to fuel his ideas every day? He would go for a walk and keep track of things that surround him. He is a very observant and imaginative person. For instance, he would conjure up the image of blue ocean when his sees a pair of navy jeans, which then inspires him to create the scene of surfing. There is a fundamental concept in Japanese art—“mitate”. It is commonly used in gardening, tea ceremony, literature or more, and even Tanaka Tatsuya named himself as “Mitate Creator”. The term “mitate” refers to the substitution of the intended subject by something vaguer. It often involves the use of something to imitate a certain object. No matter where we come from, or what age we are at, we all can have fun while appreciating his artwork.

“Everyday occurrences seen from a miniature perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts.” Tanaka Tatsuya especially enjoys making miniature dioramas in a way that he feels he is actually living in the miniature settings. The joyful things of life require continuous exploration. Let us unleash our inner artist and create our own world!

Text: Elok Wong
Photo: www.instagram.com/tanaka_tatsuya/
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #175

ADVENTURE TO LILLIPUT

 

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