By Jack Williams
A talented photographer creates incredibly fast-paced racing scenes using nothing more than a camera, toy cars and the miniature worlds he creates.
Vatsal Kataria spends anywhere between three and 15 painstaking days setting up his tiny shoots, which feature supercars zooming across a variety of environments.
As well as his popular car scenes – which look almost identical to real life – Vatsal has photographed the likes of motorbikes, helicopters and jets, too.
The 27-year-old commercial photographer, who lives in New Delhi, India, came up with the idea for his series while simply flicking through Instagram one day.
Having seen a photograph of a toy car next to a collection of waterfalls, Vatsal thought that he, too, should place a toy vehicle in front of such breathtaking scenery – only he would not leave the house.
In order to create his masterpieces, the photographer uses an array of lighting, props and spray painting techniques.
He has been working on the series for the past five months now, and in that time has shot around 40 scenes.
Of all the scenes he has shot, Vatsal’s favourite is of an Audi R8 in the snow, as it was the first image to gain widespread recognition in a photography magaine.
Every day, Vatsal said, he receives messages from fans, asking him to continue making new worlds and expanding the project.
The creative process, however, can take some time, with a large amount of research, as well simply building, going into the worlds he creates.
Vatsal said: “Researching and experimenting during the first week was so difficult – an epic fail for me.
“But, slowly, I understood the process and started getting better.
“I started miniature photography with just car models, but I wanted to go crazy, so I thought, Why not make a whole landscape?
“My mother is very creative and resourceful, so I talked to her and she gave me some ideas.
“Touch wood, a lot of people appreciate my art.
“I have gained so much attention and love from across the globe – it’s so overwhelming, I cannot express in words.”