posted on Dec, 2 2013 @ 09:40 AM
Michael Paul Smith is a model maker/photographer and has become a master of recreating outdoor scenes of yesteryear using his model cars/buildings and
He uses the real world as a backdrop, shooting gorgeous miniature vistas of the town he has created and named “Elgin Park” — and he does it all
with a cheap point-and-shoot.
Elgin Park is some 25 years in the making, as are Smith’s modeling and diorama photography skills. Smith has diagnosed himself as “math
challenged,” so when it comes to properly framing the forced perspective, he simply eyeballs it. Years of experience have led to an uncanny ability
to do this right on the first shot, but if he doesn’t, he simply goes up and unceremoniously drags his table/models into the correct spot.
I used to really be into model making in my younger days. Love the incredible detail of his cars and buildings he has built. Some of the cars have
seats that move on rails and glove compartments that open and close. When asked how he can make his dioramas appear so realistic he responds, "Keep
everything in scale. From the thickness of the shingles down to the wallpaper design and door knobs, everything must be in the proper relationship to
each other. I can’t stress that enough."
I can't imagine the number of hours spent building them. Some of these photos are so real looking that I am hard pressed to convince myself