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Artist Uses Perspective, Miniature Car Models And A $250 Camera To Create Realistic Historical Photos

Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.

As a professional model maker, Smith’s models are detailed enough to withstand the scrutiny of close-up photography. Smith places them in miniature dioramas and uses forced perspective to make parts of the real world lend his pictures additional realism. The result is a quirky sort of historical fiction – faithfully and authentically reproduced scenes from a small American town that never actually happened (but could have).

What’s also great about his Elgin Park collection is that the magician is willing to reveal his secrets. Smith’s Flickr gallery often pairs his brilliant illusions with a picture that breaks their carefully arranged perspective and reveals how he managed to blend reality and his imagined history. His pictures are an excellent example of how art can be used to fool the eyes.

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  • David Masikara

    lol ,250 $ is expensive to me

  • Michael Höller

    That guy is amazing!

  • Khang Kross

    Anh Ấy

    • Anh Ấy

      (y) lợi hại :D mà khứa này chơi ống gì bịnh vại ta

  • Yuri Golod

    Damon Torsten Nash

  • Jess Gowland

    Tony Bagnall

  • Erica Chiarkas

    Terra Chmielewski this collection of using perspective in photography is amazing.

  • Anne-Christin Rosenow

    Totally awesome!

  • Steven Ellis

    Danny Gomez, reminds me of that huge branch you found on Blackpool Beach.

  • Danny Gomez

    seen one of these yesterday, clever

  • Lyndsey Crawford

    That dude is a giant!

  • Seppe Ovink
  • Red Lee

    So cool!

  • Leonard Duklewski


  • Rob Kastelijn

    mooi hoor!