Say hello to your new favourite Instagram account.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids was released in 1989 and tells the story of a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his kids and two other neighbourhood teens to the size of insects. An absolute cult classic that has since inspired one of the best photography projects we’ve ever seen. Meet Cathryn Appleton, the woman behind the lens of ‘Honey, I Shrunk Liverpool‘ which features miniature people playing part in the bigger story behind. Despite only going a few months, lots of people look forward to the regular updates. Some are funny, some are beautiful but they’re all creative and we just had to meet the person behind it.
Well, hello! Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself…
My name’s Cathryn Appleton, I’m 24 and I live in Liverpool. I work as a Digital Creative for a Liverpool retailer. When I’m not walking around taking photo’s of little people, I take photos of Liverpool on my other Instagram account, @_Snappleton. I also enjoy watching films, making music and exploring Liverpool.
Do you make the figures yourself?
I buy my figures online mainly; in fact, there isn’t a week that goes by without a parcel full of little people turning up! I then modify them to best suit the situation (like adding a pride flag to one my figures for Liverpool Pride weekend). I’m also always looking for props to add to photo’s- most recently I added a tiny Superlambanana!
Tell us a little bit about how the idea came about?
I’ve always been into photography, but I really took an interest when I went to John Moore’s to study Media. Being around creative people all the time, and spending my days making videos and taking photo’s, influenced me to spend my whole student loan on a camera… I had to live on noodles for a few months, but it was worth it!
After finishing uni, I started work and began to learn more about photography; I decided to upgrade my camera and set up a photography Instagram account. This was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Having such a supportive Liverpool Instagram community behind you really keeps you wanting to go out with your camera and improve.
I began thinking of different ways to try and show off Liverpool online. There are plenty of incredible Liverpool Instagrammers who highlight the architecture and the people, but I knew I wanted to try something a bit different… I’d seen ‘toy photography’ online and thought it would be interesting to try out. So, after a lot of research- and even more trial and error- I think I’ve found my unique style!
It’s become a talking point between my friends and family. They’re always asking what’s going to be next and giving me ideas for new pictures. I’m just made up that people are enjoying the pictures I’m taking and I can’t wait to keep sharing my ideas!
Thank you for taking the time to speak us to Cathryn and we can’t wait to see your updates. If you’d like to join us, you can follow it here.