When I first saw these photos I thought I was just looking at beautiful photos of a bygone era, but there’s actually something hiding here in plain sight–and it’s really cool! Small-town USA has never looked so good, but there’s something here that makes these really special. Take a closer look and guess at what’s different here.
Michael Paul Smith is a highly talented and skilled photographer with a great eye and a lot of imagination. But what makes these photos so special is that not only are the images a beautiful reminder of a simpler time. . . they also have a secret–everything here is NOT as it seems! (Have you figured it out yet?)
Photographer and truly an artist himself, Michael Paul Smith has dedicated hours, days and months to photographing this beautiful, small, quaint town he has come to love, known as Elgin Park.
These photos are reminiscent of what small-town America was like. Oozing with charm! But, remember, there’s a secret!
NONE of this is real! Check this out…the entire town rests on a card table at Michael’s home. He not only photographs the scenes, he CREATES them . . . out of miniatures! Now, that takes a special skill-set and dedication.
No this isn’t King Kong–that’s Michael behind those cars. 😉 Taking selfies has become part of his work – just for grins and a little perspective.
This 60-year-old artist spends hours on the details and that’s what makes it all look so real.
From the lighting to the setting to the surroundings, it all looks so real. For Michael, this town is a reminder as to how he grew up. Small-town setting with big-town community.
It’s the use of Danbury and Franklin Mint die cast miniature cars and trucks that really makes it all look so inviting as well. All set upon a card table in his yard or kitchen. Incredible!
These photographs are truly mesmerizing!
And even though we can see behind the scenes the end result is still mind-boggling.
Look at that! Those streets look like they were just rained on. Very cool.
But, it’s all an illusion…and one Michael is very, very good at creating.
Thank you for sharing your hobby and true passion with us. Keep up the good work!
Ahhh…if only Elgin Park were real. 🙂