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Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Dec.05: 2022:

#AceNewsDesk – David Gilliver’s entry in this year’s British Photography Awards was a picture of a summer holiday with a difference.

Summer vacation 2021
Summer Vacation 2021 won in the Macro category at the British Photography Awards

He won the top prize in the Macro category, a branch of photography that takes extreme close-up pictures of small objects, most often insects or flowers.

But instead David took a picture of the familiar blue face masks that were worn everywhere during Covid and reimagined it as a swimming pool with tiny figurines enjoying vacation activities around it.

“The idea was to approach a serious subject matter with a playful nature without trivialising it,” said the 43-year-old Scottish artist.

Stay at home’ - from my miniature ‘Pandemic’ series
‘Stay at Home’ – another from the miniature ‘Pandemic’ series

It is a way of working that he first came across by accident when he was at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1990s.

David said he was looking out of the window of a dentist’s waiting room when he saw a lorry in the street below had tipped over and landed on a car.

He said he knew the situation was serious but from his unique perspective on the fourth floor it reminded him of the scenes he created with his toys as a young boy.

David took a picture of the chaos on the street below, which did not result in serious injury, and when he was back at art school he recreated it using miniature figures.

His professor was impressed.

David took a photo of the crash scene and then recreated in miniature at art school
David took a photo of the crash scene and then recreated in miniature at art school
David took a photo of the crash scene and then recreated in miniature at art school in 1998

“Not only was it the first time I had received a strong compliment but I also thoroughly enjoyed doing it,” David said. 

“It gave me a new way of looking at things and making my art. From that point on I became obsessed with Macro photography and shooting figurines.”

Over the past 20 years he has created thousands of photos of his “little people”, always using humour and playfulness as a way to present a more serious message.

Incubation
‘Incubation’
Sweet tricks
‘Sweet tricks’
From David's ‘Life in Plastic’ series (to raise awareness about plastic pollution)
From David’s ‘Life in Plastic’ series (to raise awareness about plastic pollution)
From my ‘Life in Plastic’ series (to raise awareness about plastic pollution
Another image from David’s Life in Plastic series
‘Vegetarian Kebab’ (Shortlisted in the 2022 Food Photographer of the Year awards)
‘Vegetarian Kebab’ (Shortlisted in the 2022 Food Photographer of the Year awards)
‘Shorthenge’
‘Shorthenge’
By Steven Brocklehurst: BBC Scotland News

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