What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Big Little Adventures



Renan Viana

Brazilian fashion photographer Renan Viana has a wonderful, creative way of relieving his stress. Sure, he’s still wielding a camera, but his day-off subjects are much, much smaller than his usual models. Viana takes his ever-growing collection of vintage and modern miniatures on adventures, and photographs them in thoroughly believable (and utterly adorable) settings.

The ongoing project, which Viana has dubbed I Shrunk the People, features tiny figures and props in settings alongside life-sized items like shoes and vegetables, interacting with those average-sized items in new and clever ways. It all reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, The Borrowers. I spent loads of time when I was little imagining myself as tiny in a big world, and I’m clearly not the only one!

“The miniature figures are my companions to discover new places. I carry a few around in a little box, and whenever I go out, I set up scenes on my walks.”

You can see all Viana’s magical photos on his website, and on Instagram.

All images property of Renan Viana.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

26 thoughts on “Big Little Adventures

  1. Ah this resonates – not the photography but the miniature fun. When the Offspring was tiny and I had space for a workshop, I used to make small houses. I called them dolls houses but really they were for me. Love, love, love what he does with those tiny scenes. 🙂

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  2. The sunny side up photo……OMG, Donna. Wonderful! Wanna go for a swing on the broccoli? 🙂

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  3. Aren’t these fun. Of course you need a whole lot of little things.

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  4. OMG I loved the broccoli. And the bicycle!!!

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  5. These are so much fun. I think I am going to follow on Instagram since the images make me happy. I too was a Borrowers fan but I have never convinced any of my kids to read any of the books. Did you also read the Mrs Pepperpot series?

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  6. Awesome! I love the one with the broccoli!

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    • I used to get my daughter to eat broccoli by calling them tiny trees and telling her stories about the little people who lived among them. I now wish I could go back and just once sneak in one of these tiny figures to see what she’d do. Actually, she’d probably have tried to eat them. Never mind.

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  7. I adore miniatures.
    Funny thing, the other day, my student wanted to use the word broccoli (I think she was describing lunch…I don’t remember) and she called them vegetables that look like trees. And then I get to your post….

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  8. You find the best of the best miniatures! I may have to buy you a drink in Portland to thank you.

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    • I’m sorry to report I will not be in Portland. Need to give the annual a miss. Things are happening with the house. We’re not back yet, but we’re getting closer, so I can’t afford the time. Have one for me!


  9. So original and clever! I would’ve had a field day with them when I was a kid; I loved to play “pretend”!

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