Lorri Honeycutt: A Miniature World

Little people, big world. Change your perspective, and get a new understanding. These are themes that resonate in Lorri Honeycutt’s photographs. Currently residing in Austin, Texas,  Honeycutt’s photos largely play off the importance of laughter and fun. In her bio on her webpage, the first thing Honeycutt says is “Did you know that laughter heals the heart, increases your metabolism, makes you happy, and touches even the grumpiest demeanor? A sense of humor is a gift. Meeting those who share your odd sense of humor is joyous!” Honeycutt’s photos are all about new ideas and seeing everyday objects in new and different ways. Her photos emphasize the importance of seeing the world for what it is and what it could be, rather then ignoring everyday life or dismissing it by ‘going through the motions.’ “There are small treasures of happiness everywhere,” Honeycutt writes, “sometimes we have to look closely to see them.”

Lorri Honeycutt grew up and was educated in North Carolina. After graduating from college, she worked in computer technology . In 2004 she decided to take a break from her busy career to develop her interest in photography. Her goal as a photographer is to “make you think, and then smile.”

http://www.bigworldphoto.com/

In Photo Idea Index, Krause explains a good photograph “conveys the essence of a significant moment.” Point of view is very important in photographs and Honeycutt offers a totally new idea of this. She takes close, cropped photos to make small things look large. Susan Sontag says “To photograph..means putting oneself into a certain relation with the world(4).” This image does just that. It’s almost lighthearted and naive that these small figurines are growing things on a bald man’s head. It’s hopeful, and is very appropriately titled “optimistic.” The man looks skeptical though, as if he doubts the small figurines. Compositionally, it’s zoomed in on the bald forehead and cropped so all the viewer sees is the head and the eyes. This photograph is telling a story of a little world where people believe if something is missing, it can be replaced or refurnished. This picture is silly and lighthearted, but it is also thought-provoking since one can’t re-grow hair as if it was a potted plant. The backdrop is solid and muted, keeping the focus of the image on the action of the growers. This image, along with others of Honeycutt’s is interesting because of perspective. Honeycutt’s images are micro photos, images of “anything… that is all-too-easy to overlook when your attention is being held up by large matters (Krause 26).” She creates an interesting environment by setting up a specific scene where the miniature figurines are doing some sort of action that is unconventional, social commentary or just plain fun.

Photos of objects such as flowers or grapes with miniature figurines on them create a totally new scene. From people trying to grow hair on a balding man’s head to a kayak riding the waves of koolaide pouring from a pitcher, Honeycutt’s photos are simple reminders of the beauty of everyday life. The photos are more about the subject matter then the specific techniques such as lighting or angle. Taken with a Nikon digital camera, it’s the content and story that make the pictures so interesting, not the astounding execution. Some are funny, and others endearing, but all are thought-provoking.

"Optimistic"

The miniature figures in the “Koolaid Challenge” give the perspective that water pouring from a small pitcher could be a waterfall. In this photo, there is a solid background, conveying a simple clean message. This image is effective because it makes you laugh, these people are trying to battle what they believe is a huge wave, but to us is just a small stream of water from a glass. The body language of the figurines looks very serious and contrasts the reality of the environment.

Koolaid Challenge

Family Ties is one of Honeycutt’s more meaningful images. It invokes childhood memories, thoughts of parents and an overall feeling of being happy and carefree. When you’re young, you’re unaware of so many bigger things in life and that’s what this image represents. The background is blurred out but it’s still there, unlike other images of Honeycutt’s that have a totally solid background. Again, perspective is the most influential element in this photo, as the figurines are really small in reality but do not initially appear that way in the photo. The angle of the shot is from behind, as if the people are moving forward with their life. The photo is progressing.

"Family Ties"

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