Saturday, June 20, 2015

Elgin Park: The Miniature Town of Artist Michael Paul Smith

Elgin Park is the name of artist Michael Paul Smith's miniature town, inspired by his own upbringing and childhood memories, growing up in America. With small scale models, he creates incredible optical illusions of everyday scenes ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s.

The buildings are constructed of resin-coated paper, styrene plastic, and basswood, plus numerous found objects. The vehicles are from Michael's collection of 300+ commercially produced, diecast models.

No Photoshop was used in these images; they're all composed in the camera. It is the oldest trick in the special effects book: lining up a model with an appropriate background, then photographing it.

1958 Edsel Station Wagon:

The Giant Hand:

Open Late:

Hudson in the Snow:

1961 Ford Wagon:

1951 Pontiac:

The Rivers Edge Vacation Home:

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