Inside @fujitasanpuru’s Tiny World of Chimchiminey, the Chimney Sweep
For more photos and videos of Chimchiminey and its friends, follow @fujitasanpuru on Instagram.
“The concept of my work is a dreamy, cute world that people might believe could exist somewhere,” says a Tokyo doll maker who goes by the pseudonym Fujita Sanpuru (@fujitasanpuru). Through his photos, he tells the story of the chimney sweep Chimchiminey and his devoted helper Heso-guma (“belly button bear”).
Fujita Sanpuru uses felt and embroidery threads to create these pint-sized figurines, focusing on bringing the right balance of detail and simplicity to the handicraft. He then arranges the characters on table tops, in gardens or in their small and colorful dollhouses to create scenes like the pages from a children’s picture book.
The tiny felted figures actually originated when he first started using Instagram and made a prop for his first photo. Soon after sharing the Chimchiminey series, he began receiving numerous offers to sell and display his work. He reflects on his experience, “I never thought the dolls would take off like this when I started Instagram, but I’m just happy if people find them delightful.”
Chasing #realraysfordays with @maurensparrow
Little Rock Instagrammer Mauren Sparrow Kennedy (@maurensparrow) is the creative brain behind #realraysfordays. Though sunbeams are commonly enhanced in digital post-processing, Mauren spends her time both photographing and curating photographs that feature “the most beautiful, interesting, unique—and totally real—sunrays that Instagrammers could catch on their phones.” Looking at the ever-growing gallery, Mauren is excited by how the community has picked up #realraysfordays. To help create more light chasing images, she shares her top tips for capturing sunrays:
- Always be on the lookout. “The sun behind certain clouds or the way it can shine through the trees gives you completely natural, absolutely real rays that are incredible.”
- Be aware of your light source and the objects around it. “Shooting directly into the light with your light source slightly obscured by either a thing or person will give you some awesome sun glare.”
- Practice. “Once you figure out how to shoot the rays you like, shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot! See what shot works best for showing off the awesome rays you’re trying to capture. Shoot from different angles and with different exposures to make sure you’re getting your rays in the best light possible (pun intended).”
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