Quarantined Travel Photographer Takes Miniature ‘Outdoor’ Pictures Indoors

She uses everything from food to paper bags in order to create realistic photos.

Our lives have been changed due to COVID-19 and it has affected us at work, home, and in our leisure lives. At times, it may give us additional time so that we can pursue new hobbies or look into old hobbies.

Being forced to spend more time at home to take part in those hobbies can be beneficial in many ways. This is seen in what Erin Sullivan, a.k.a. “Erin Outdoors,” is doing. As a travel photographer, it is her desire to “communicate the wonder of this Earth and to inspire connection so that ultimately, we might take our role as stewards a bit more thoughtfully.”

She has been a natural guide throughout her career and learned how to solve problems as they came her way. This includes facing difficulties, such as we are all facing today.

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“I’m just wondering how to get started.” A valid thing to wonder… however… ✦ Do not get so caught up in the “right” way to start something that you don’t start at all. How to get started is one of the biggest questions I get. PLEASE remember what you see here is a result of 12 years in the outdoor industry, 5 years of blogging, and plenty of doubt, side jobs, and questions just like yours. The thing is, getting advice from folks who do what you want to do will only matter to your life if you actually apply it. ✦ Sometimes I think people want a blueprint or an easy answer so that they don’t have to work for it. 👀 ✦ If you really want formula, mine is QUALITY + CONSISTENCY OVER TIME + DRIVE. But that is as specific as I can get for you. There are COUNTLESS ways to get your foot in the door in any industry. PICK ONE and see how it works. If it doesn’t work, doesn’t teach you something, or doesn’t feel good, change the plan. If it works well, keep doing it. ✦ Figuring it out is HARD! Uncertainty is hard. Making your own path is hard. So find mentors, yes, but know that they’re never going to spoon feed you step-by-step directions, as if they have the recipe for your future. 🔮 ✦ What I know for sure is that there’s no one way to get where you think you want to be. If you do choose the path, and head down it for a while, you’ll eventually have people reaching out to you asking you how to start… and you’ll realize that you never needed a concrete or specific answer at all. ✔️ ✦ Photo by @pketron.

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Now that she is in quarantine, she got even more creative in order to practice her art. Solomon decided to grab some household items and re-create nature indoors. She uses everything from food to paper bags in order to create realistic photos.

“As a travel photographer, I spend a lot of my time outdoors and photographing interesting places around the world. When our stay at home order went into effect last month, I wanted to challenge myself to stay creative in my craft without leaving my house,” she told Bored Panda.

Not only are people loving the pictures she is posting, but she also finds them to be therapeutic.

“I had the idea to create outdoor adventure scenes out of objects in my house,” she said. “I shot a few scenes as experiments before I ever shared the project publicly and found that creating this series of images helped me keep my imagination active and my creative practice alive.”

Here are examples of what you can find on her Instagram page.

“Jello Lake”

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Gotta love an afternoon visit to Jello Lake 🌲 And before you guys ask, YES I WAS allowed to fly my drone here!! 🙄😉 ✧ Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about the nature of creativity and how ideas come to us. These days it is easy to feel like you are in competition, but I have never once experienced this to be the posture that supports long-term success or a feeling of peace. We cannot hold onto our ideas so tightly that we suffocate them. I believe ideas are given to us from God (or whoever/whatever your higher power is) and we’re just the stewards. Like love, celebration, and laughter, creativity can really shine when it is shared. (@elizabeth_gilbert_writer has a wonderful book about this concept called Big Magic. It’s also a big topic in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I recommend both.) ✧ This set was made with jel dessert (vegan jello), asparagus, and train figures in a pie dish. So many of you have been curious to see behind-the-scenes footage or a hyperlapse of me creating one of these scenes… so if you are interested, check out @rei’s latest IGTV video! 🥳 ✧ #ErinsGreatIndoors #OurGreatIndoors

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“The Gomacro Mountains”

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Ahhh, a stroll through the @gomacro mountains, where we found some quite chocolatey features. Normally I would tell my friends to avoid licking the scenery, but in this case it all appeared to be edible and you don’t even need a permit. 😂 Flavors included banana + almond butter, double chocolate + peanut butter chips, oatmeal chocolate chip, and maple sea salt to name a few. 😛 ✧ Under different circumstances, I’d be snacking on these while outdoors on a hike or shoot. But staying home has introduced a whole new style of adventure–– involving less movement and more imagination. 💭 ✧ Thank you to @gomacro for loving the #OurGreatIndoors series and wanting to explore with me! If you are interested in experiencing some of the plant-based bars pictured here, you can use code “NEWFLAVOR30” for 30% off your order from gomacro.com. ✧ See if you can find the tiny bars in the 2nd & 3rd images. Also – all these bars were saved and snacked on 😊♥️ #gomacro #biggerthanabar #sponsored

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“The Glowing Gore-Tex Cave”

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The beauty of the ✨Glowing Gore-Tex Cave✨ ✧ Yesterday this idea was nagging at me all afternoon. I believe that ideas come from somewhere beyond us. When they ask you to pay attention to them, I’ve found that it is best to listen! I heard “create a glow worm cave tonight”… and so… here we are. Is it creativity or just quarantine? Gotta say I believe it’s the creativity. ✧ The set-up for this is tin-foil on a cutting board, 2 books with rain jackets draped over them, paper with holes poked in it, a smart lightbulb set to teal behind that, train figures, and the rock they are standing on is a hunk of rose quartz. Inspired by how it feels to be in a glow worm cave in New Zealand. ✧ Got an idea relentlessly poking at you? That idea wants to be out in the world. Put it into action 🐛 #ErinsGreatIndoors #OurGreatIndoors

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“Tinfoil Lake”

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A peaceful morning fishing together on Tinfoil Lake 🌅😉 ✧ The images in this series might be fun and whimsical (I hope they appear that way to you!), but I create them from my memories or from feelings of places I have been, which feel rooted and meaningful to me. ✧ I grew up next to the Long Island Sound, and my grandpa used to take us out on his little boat when I was a kid. My cousin and I would be stuffed into orange lifejackets, two messy blonde heads on the front of the boat feeling like we were flying. On summer days we’d go stand on the pier and try to catch something. And though I never really had the patience for fishing growing up, it was always about the time spent together anyway. ✧ This image was created with tin foil, a toothbrush, a lamp under a sheet, and tiny people from a train set. Lots of questions on where to get them–– simply search for model train figures online and you’ll find lots of options. 😊 More BTS in my stories and highlight on my page. ✧ #ErinsGreatIndoors #OurGreatIndoors

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“Cotton Ball Clouds”

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Watching a sunrise or a sunset above the clouds will forever be one of my favorite experiences. Here’s a view from above some cotton ball clouds today. ☁️🌅 ✧ I hope we remember that there is still wonder. And I hope we continue to find it. ✧ #ErinsGreatIndoors #OurGreatIndoors

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“Broccoli Forest”

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Welcome to Broccoli Forest. 🥦 A whoooole forest in my own apartment, who knew?! Apparently there’s great birdwatching here (as you can see, my friend brought binoculars). 😂 ✧ Originally my idea for this series was solely to do landscapes made from objects in my home. I’ve always loved using abstraction in my art, and thought this would be an interesting challenge given the context. I then thought it would be good to add tiny figures to give a sense of some scale. From there I found a ton of incredible creators out there making amazing miniature worlds. @tanaka_tatsuya is a favorite of mine. ✧ These images were created with broccoli, a bamboo plate, a sweatshirt, a pillowcase & a little train model figure. If you are making/photographing something inside that is outdoors-inspired, share using the hashtag #OurGreatIndoors so we can see how far and wide our community’s creativity stretches. 🌿 ✧ #ErinsGreatIndoors • #OurGreatIndoors

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Solomon also started the hashtag, #OurGreatIndoors to challenge others to create an indoor adventure.

The responses were interesting.

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Our intrepid scuba diver on Daisy Reef. Baffled when getting back on board with 300 photos of daisies and everyone else is talking about a shark! What SHARK? 😂🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️ #lego #scubadiving #canonphotography #ourgreatindoors #theminioutdoors #stayhome #padi #dive #scuba #shark #daisy #macrophotography #collage

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Sunset at White Sands, New Mexico From the canyons of Arizona, our travelling knight travelled to the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. Swipe to see the BTS. This one was pretty simple to shoot as I needed only salt for the white sand effect. I did change the scale of Knight in Photoshop later so that I don't have to waste a lot of salt. 😋 Do swipe left to see the BTS of this shoot. Drop in your comments if you like this! Thanks @indian_raconteur for all the help during this series! P.S : Inspired from @erinoutdoors 's #OurGreatIndoors challenge. Thanks @nitishwaila for the inspiration! 😀 #Theindiantraveller #GreatIndoors #TheGreatIndoors #miniature #miniaturephotography #iceland #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapelover #icecave #Tripotocommunity #cntgiveitashot #artofvisuals #quarantine #stayhome #indianphotography #nustaharamkhor @haram_khor_

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We only have one Earth. #earthday #thegreatindoors . . . #neverstopexploring #adventure #rockclimbing #travel #hiking #awakethesoul #mountainadventures #optinside #optoutside #stayhome #mountains #forest #canonphotography #ourgreatindoors

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Another shot taken on my "frozen lake" on my coffee table while my kid watched TV on the sofa. . I posted a video on YouTube showing how I made the frozen effect with salt so if you're interested in trying it out, link's in my bio. . It's been so great to see other photographers from genres like travel and landscape experimenting with LEGO and household items while under quarantine! . Welcome to toy photography! . #lego #minifigures #brickcentral #legophoto #legophotography #legography #legogram #toy_photographers #toyphotography #afol #sonyalpha #bealpha #takumar #vintagelens #ourgreatindoors #frozenlake #penguin #arctic

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