Photographs of Real People Living Inside Tiny Cardboard Box Dioramas

Some photographers have made names for themselves by creating and photographing extremely detailed dioramas: miniature tabletop scenes that are so realistic that viewers often mistake them for the real world. Belgian photographers Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux of 354 Photographers have put an interesting spin on the diorama photo concept by Photoshopping real people into their miniature scenes. The series is titled “Box“.

Each of the scenes tells a dark and dreary story, and was built over the course of a few days inside a cardboard box.

As with other photo projects we’ve featured in which perspective is important, Delvaux and Laloux arranged the diorama’s objects while looking through the viewfinder of a fixed camera.

Once they’ve finalized what the diorama will look like, the next step in the challenge is to photograph the human subjects in a way that blends in seamlessly with the scene. They pay careful attention to position and lighting while photographing each person, and then carefully composite them into the diorama using Photoshop.

Wired’s Raw File has an article about the project in which the two photographers share a little about its history and challenges.

Box by 354 Photographers (via Wired)

Image credits: Photographs by Maxime Delvaux and Kevin Laloux, and used with permission

  • Jeremy Madore

    Very well done, bravo!

    That said, I do wish that the project focused more on the ‘cardboard box’ aspect and less on the surrealism of it all. I felt the first two photos had a strong message going for them, but the artists took it in a different direction with the remainder.

  • Samcornwell

    If Gregory Crewdson had a doll’s house….

  • Jeff Reynolds

    These are all really strong. The fire – is that PS?

  • DamianMonsivais

    Got the same feeling.
    The question running through the photographers mind might have been:

    How to control something so big without it being so Big?

    Crewdson inspired no doubt.

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  • Chris Blizzard

    I get the feeling they could be used as illustrations in a book… Kind of an adult version of a kids story book…

  • Wagner Goldberg

    no dude the fire is real!! idiot

  • Jeff Reynolds

    You exist.

  • Jeff Reynolds

    You exist.