“We may have the most gifted inspirations, but we still have to learn the techniques.”
Take a look at the parallel Star Wars universe of Wonderfactory Artist Zahir Batin, who lives in Tanjong Karang, the paddy-growing heart of the state of Selangor, Malaysia and was an administrator in the University of Selangor, before taking the plunge in 2015 to become an independent artist.
Zahir took up toy photography as a hobby in 2012 after stumbling upon photos on Instagram, shared by thousands of photographers who shared his love for Star Wars toys. He started creating pictures of his toy figures and ships in the rural environment of his hometown, and quickly discovered the adulation they received from the toy-photography community.
Zahir is passionate in his love of the Star Wars universe, and reinterprets it using his creativity, imagination and ingenuity to create life-like scenarios where his figures interact with one another in humorous, emotional and undeniably memorable scenes that we can all relate to.
He is one of the first toy photographers in the world to establish a position in the art-collecting market with his work, and has had solo exhibitions in Malaysia, and been part of Wonderfactory’s exhibitions in Singapore and Shanghai.
See his full gallery on IG @zhrbtn86
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No other art form captures and mirrors the state of pop culture as accurately and creatively as toy photography, the fastest growing hobby in the age of social media.
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