My name is Zev Hoover. I take pictures of miniature people. And they've, sort of, exploded online recently.
我的名字是 Zev Hoover。我拍攝迷你人的照片。而它們，可以說，最近在網路上爆紅起來。
I wanted to improve my Photoshop skills, so I started the "little folk" project, which is started as just a way of getting better at Photoshop. After about a year of doing the little folk pictures, they got picked up by some design blogs, and then it just, sort of, exploded.
Nature is very important in my work and definitely inspires a lot of it. And I think a lot of that comes from living where we do. Aliza, my sister, is very often the character in the pictures.
Yeah, that's fine. Let me just see what sort of background you're gonna be on.
I find my inspiration a lot of the time just in the scenes that I photograph. So, just thinking about how sort of fun it would be, how different that would be to experience, if you were, like,
one-and-a-half or two inches tall. Because the world would be, really, an entirely different place.
I certainly put a lot of myself into the characters because they almost always are doing some hobby I'm interested in, or...or somehow related to something I happened to be doing at the time.
One of my most popular photographs is of me piloting a paper airplane. I think it's a popular picture because people like imagining. I mean, I certainly think about how, in the photographs, I try to evoke a sort of feeling of loneliness because I feel like there's something about that feeling that can be really very beautiful.
I think it's definitely possible that being homeschooled has inspired that because you are alone more often or with fewer people more often, certainly, than if you were to go to public school.
Why? I make them for my own pleasure because I love making them. But at the same time, the comments and feedback, certainly, really encourages you to keep going because just knowing that people are passionate about it is incredible, that, you know, someone else would care about my little project. But the Internet has made the world a lot smaller. So anyone who is interested in this type of thing can now go on and just find my work that easily, whereas, without the Internet, it would be almost impossible. I would just be, like, taking pictures somewhere and no one would know about it, really—maybe forever.