Slinkachu is a London based post modern photographer, he is originally from Devon UK and his real name is Stuart Pantoll. He was born in 1979 but for the last 10 years he has been shooting miniature tableaux in the streets of London, this is a genre of photography/art, this an be defined as and piece of art that an be held in the palm of a person’s hand or covers less Than 100cm squared.
Slinkachu’s work is described as ‘funny, touching, fantastical and unsettling’ so there is a mixture of emotions that you would feel when seeing his work.
When he first started taking photos he would use his old train set figures ‘the little people’ then he began to get others of model shops and eBay and would paint them with acrylic paint.
Slinkachu never train as a professional photographer, he was mainly self taught apart from lessons at college/ University. He uses a Canon 5D mk2 but use to use a simple digital camera to capture his shots then after upgraded to a Canon 400D.
He often leaves his miniatures on the streets where did them, he has done work in many different countries and cities such as berlin, Hong Kong, Paris, Cape town etc.
He comes up with his ideas by using his surroundings, watching other people, reading the news (politics) and doodling in a sketchbook.
He has created 3 books that holds his work:
- Little People in the City
- Big Bad City
- Global Model Village
Some of his photographs sell up to £6,500
Which surprises him as he didn’t expect people to empathise with the characters. His message is that you have to look after the small things such as children or pets, people have their own emotions about them.