Michael Paul Smith’s Elgin Park

A 1/24th-scale recreation of everyday scenes from mid-20th century America, ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s

What started as an exercise in model-making and photography became a dreamlike reconstruction of the town Michael grew up in. It’s not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood and feel of his memories.

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, die-cast 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.

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