Photographer from Glasgow creates incredible climate change-themed dioramas using household items

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A photographer has created a set of miniature scenes using household objects to illustrate the threat of climate change.

David Gilliver, 41, used plastic bags, face masks and water bottles with 2cm animal figurines to create the eight thought-provoking images.

Father-on-one David said: ""As far back as I can remember, I have been very aware of the damage being caused to our planet by humans and climate change, primarily through watching nature shows and the news.

"I would also love to think that my work might help to inspire others to think about how they too can help raise climate change awareness through creative outlets."

His favourite shot is of a tiny polar bear stood upon a glass of crushed ice that he's named 'Party like there's no tomorrow'.

"For me, this image sums up the attitudes of most governments: they aim to profit at the expense of humanity," David said.

The Scottish artist has named the photoset 'Climate Change (It's no small problem)', inspired by the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference that's happening in Glasgow.

Other images show a white plastic bag lit up to look as though it's an ice berg, and some penguins balancing on an ice floe made from a face mask.

They were named  'Just the tip of the iceberg' and 'Peng-demic' respectively.

It took David on average between two and three hours to set up, photograph and edit each image.

He photographed them using his Canon 5D Mark III and 100mm Macro Lens between April and September this year in his home studio in Gartcosh, Glasgow.

He has been re-appropriating model railway figurines in colourful dioramas for over 20 years, but concentrated on animals for his climate change series.

He said: "I hope that the photographs provoke thought, and help to highlight just how massive a problem we face and the damage already caused by humanity's lack of foresight.

"I want to do my bit to help highlight this deeply troubling topic. 

"The more climate change is talked about and the more people express their horror at how serious a problem this is, maybe Governments around the world will start to behave more sensibly and act swiftly and more responsibly."

To see more of David's work visit www.davidgilliver.com or his Instagram @dgilliver.

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