These Photos of Mini Figures Capture the Frustrations of Office Life

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Ad agency brand strategist Derrick Lin has developed a creative way to vent about all the little annoyances of his office job. Using an iPhone, a desk lamp, and miniature figurines, he shoots miniature world photos that capture his real world frustrations.

It is impossible to get our coworkers’ attention when they wear headphones.

“It is impossible to get our coworkers’ attention when they wear headphones.”

It’s never smooth sailing when writing a creative brief.

“It’s never smooth sailing when writing a creative brief.”

Just when we start to like our coworkers, they leave.

“Just when we start to like our coworkers, they leave.”

It is impossible to get everyone to a meeting on time.

“It is impossible to get everyone to a meeting on time.”

Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend.

“Monday comes too soon when we worked the whole weekend.”

Our defense is up on National Take Your Kid to Work Day.

“Our defense is up on National Take Your Kid to Work Day.”

Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours.

“Some coworkers always put their own convenience before ours. “

With only hours to go, we just might have survived another April Fool’s Day…

“With only hours to go, we just might have survived another April Fool’s Day…”

We think permanent markers should be banned from meetings with white boards.

“We think permanent markers should be banned from meetings with white boards.”

A day trip to see a client is practically a night trip when you have to get up at 4am.

“A day trip to see a client is practically a night trip when you have to get up at 4am.”

It’s nice to know that our coworkers have our back.

“It’s nice to know that our coworkers have our back.”

Some conference calls give us gray hair.

“Some conference calls give us gray hair.”

When traveling for work, it’s me against all other travelers at the coveted charging station.

“When traveling for work, it’s me against all other travelers at the coveted charging station.”

Sometimes it seems all we do at work is kill trees.

“Sometimes it seems all we do at work is kill trees.”

The project was started back in March 2014, and is titled “1:87” — a name that reflects the 1:87 scale of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing the size of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing the size of the miniatures used.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing one of the photos being made.

A behind-the-scenes photo showing one of the photos being made.

“Sometimes work can be really hectic and frustrating and as grownups, we are expected to be cool about it and keep the whining to ourselves,” Lin writes at Bored Panda. “I work in advertising and my workday is often very chaotic and unpredictable.”

“While trying not to let the stress get the best of me, I decided to turn the mundane and often annoying little moments in my agency life into inspirations for something whimsical and magical.”

You can follow along with this project through its Tumblr and Instagram pages.

(via BoredPanda via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs by Derrick Lin and used with permission

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