There can be things which are breathe taking, you won’t notice anything special till you are told the truth about them. Here first let me show you some random pictures of a town. But you’ve got to look closely. So, there you go.
There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm. But what if I told you that this town doesn’t exist and artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing this piece of beauty. To give you an insight, here are some of the pics :
Michael builds custom miniature models and sets, meticulously crafting every detail.
Then, the 60 year-old photographer creates the hyper-realistic images.
If you didn’t know any better, you might think these are vintage photos of a town from a few decades ago…
And NOT the extremely small models this man built.
He started building these models as an exercise. He wanted to practice his craft and also photography.
He never imagined it would be a “dream-like reconstruction” of the town he grew up in.
To Michael, this is what quintessential America looked like when he was a kid.
It is absolutely beautiful.
If “Elgin Park” were a real town, I would love to live there.
He creates the scenes by setting up Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint die cast autos and trucks in front of his models on card tables.
Then, he uses the surrounding scenery to make the backgrounds for the photos.
The perspective has to be JUST right…
Usually the resulting photos are completely convincing.
Even when you know what’s going on behind the scenes.
It’s all an illusion.
But Michael is able to make an incredibly convincing one.
His selfies aren’t part of the official photo series, but I think they just add to the charm of his work.