MICRO-SCALE MODELER JOSHUA SMITH CONSTRUCTS TINY, INTRICATE WORLDS

Meet Joshua Smith, a miniaturist from South Australia, an expert in what is known as micro-scale modeling. His work exhibits astonishing observational and representational skills by focusing on the "overlooked aspects of the urban environment - such as crime, rust and decay to discarded cigarettes and graffiti." Smith originally worked as a stencil artist for 16 years, only recently choosing to switch over to model making. Considering the beauty and intricacy of his miniature worlds, Joshua's inexperience is hard to believe. When asked about the length and his careful attention to detail in the design process, Joshua stated, "It depends on the build. The smallest and less complex ones can take from a day to a few days to complete. The longest build, which was my Kowloon Miniature, took three solid months working on average six to seven days a week and eight to sixteen hour-long days. I strive to create a reality. I take as many reference photos as possible to mimic every single streak of rust, grime and chipping of stonework. I want viewers to be fooled, if I take a photo of the completed work in sunlight, to think it is the real thing."

Photography: Joshua Smith