“Fiddle Oak” a 14-Year-Old Prodigy, Creates Surreal Photo Fantasies

Zev who is also known by his alias Fiddle Oak, works with his sister Nellie to create realistic portraits of tiny people in surreal surroundings.

Zev who is also known by his alias Fiddle Oak, works with his sister Nellie to create realistic portraits of tiny people in surreal surroundings.

Zev, has become quite the sensation with his fantastic photo manipulations. The series is so stunning that I’m fighting to not use the word Photoshop to describe his work. It’s hard to believe at age 14 he and his sister (age 18) are the masterminds behind these imaginative renderings. Zev does all of the photography and photo manipulation while his sister assists him in the staging and preparation for each project.

It’s clear he has a talent for capturing a certain feeling in his works as the images border on the whimsical and they flirt with our imagination in their surreal yet believable imagery. The photos remind us of the child within. They’re playful but poignant reminders of what it was like when things were simpler. Très amicalement.

In an interview with Petapixal Zev had this to say about his process:

I shoot the ‘background’ picture first, and it is usually a panorama made up of 5-20 pictures, combining pictures taken at this distance from the subject replicates the look of shooting with a large format sensor, even though I shoot APS-C. After this is done, I take a picture of a person in the exact same (or as close as I can get it) lighting, take that picture into Photoshop, mask out the background (usually with the polygonal lasso and brush) and color correct them so that the brightness and tonality is the same between the background and the miniature person.

Then I add depth of field to the person (using quick masks, and lens blur). Then, I draw in shadows, (also using quick masks and lens blur) and call it done. The process usually takes me 4-6 hours.

Check out Fiddle Oak’s full Photostream on Flickr.

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