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LITTLE DENVER aims to bring tilt-shift photography from the fringe of interest and into the mainstream to all Denver art fans. LITTLE DENVER features the unique style of imagery which only tilt-shift photography produces – that of a diorama-like scene. It is often used to simulate miniature scenes, and referred also to as “Miniature Faking”.

The Artist:

Gio Toninelo is a stop-motion animator obsessed with miniatures. Toninelo looks for something new in places that he's visited many times before, wanting to capture the growth and change of life, land, and cityscapes. He says he utilizes anything film and digital with in-camera tricks and loves to use techniques like tilt-shift to give an often-seen view new life and perspective.

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Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene.

Sometimes the term is used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post-processing; the name may derive from the tilt–shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.