A Scaled Down Blog

Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 at 9:43 am
By: Doug Lund
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I receive lots of e-mails and Facebook entries that feature someone’s idea of fascinating subject matter whether it be pithy sayings, preposterous political propaganda, religious rhetoric, dirty jokes and cartoons or photographs..I’m sent lots of photographs. Some I cannot click DELETE  fast enough, others get a quick glance but one I received last week kept me awed and occupied for over an hour and I wanted to share here.  I’ve never met Michael Paul Smith but I have become a huge fan of his work. He’s a Pennsylvania guy who’s just a marvelous photographer and, like me, loves all things automotive. His combination of those skills has set the hobby world on its ear.  Well, here are a few samples of his stuff..see for yourself.

 

A busy street in Elgin Park on a cold winter's day

A busy street in Elgin Park USA on a cold winter's day in the 1950's

A rainy Spring night

A rainy Spring night

What’s so special about those images, you say? Well, check this out.

All is not what it seems. That's Mr. Smith standing behind the die cast model cars. He places them on a card table. Sprinkles some powdered sugar on a grey flat and, using a natural background, uses perspective for his photos.

All is not what it seems. That's Mr. Smith standing behind a few of the 300 plus die cast model cars in his collection. He places them on a card table, sprinkles some powdered sugar on a grey flat and, using a natural background, finds perfect perspective for his photos.

Just a simple card table and homemade flat.

Just a simple card table and homemade flat for the street or parking lot.

Smith never uses photoshop although he will use different settings to create a mood like black and white. He also uses a simple 6 pixel camera with no fancy lenses..again because its perfect for the proper look.

Smith never uses computer photoshop although he will use different settings to create a mood like black and white. He also uses just a simple 6 pixel camera with no fancy lenses..again because its perfect for the proper look.

Smith has over 300 high end die cast model vehicles. He makes the houses and buildings himself in incredible detail.

Although Smith does not make the cars..he does construct the houses and buildings himself in incredible detail.

He uses natural lighting for the day scenes.

He uses natural lighting for the day scenes.

For many of the night scenes he'll use a few electric lights

For many of the night scenes he'll use a few electric lights

I love this shot. To achieve it, Smith used a 60 watt bulb inside the store which, like all of the buildings, me constructed himself.

I love this shot. To achieve it, Smith used a 60 watt bulb inside the store which, like all of the buildings, benches, street lamps, signs, fences and furniture he made himself.

A hot summer day in the fifties

A hot summer day in the fifties

The reality. Amazing.

The reality. Amazing.

Smith used tiny LED lights to create this early campsite scene.

Smith used tiny LED lights in the homemade trailer to create this early campsite scene.

At the Elgin Park Depot in the thirties.

At the Elgin Park Depot in the thirties.

The reality.

The reality.

I’m pretty late coming to this Michael Paul Smith appreciation party. Google tells me that his pictures have been viral on the internet for some time and millions have  seen them but if you’d like to spend a little more time checking out Elgin Park USA  CLICK HERE .

Now, I’ve got to get back writing my next blog on potentially dangerous pet cats…NOT!

9 Comments

  1. Jonathan Garcia says:

    I love this stuff. I’ve seen it before, but it never gets old. Thanks for sharing, Doug!

  2. JDS says:

    Really good Doug. I enjoyed this the first time I saw it as a forwaerded email some years ago. The man is incredible with his detail. I only wish I had the real cars!

  3. Jack Schmieder says:

    Awesome!

  4. Joe says:

    Memories. An easier time, so it seems. Oh well, back to the present!

  5. Lynnal Nelson says:

    All I can say is WOW…….that is impressive! Thanks for sharing, I had never seen such a thing before!

  6. Cam Lind says:

    I have seen his work before, and you are right it is awesome.

  7. fsl says:

    This is cool Doug ! Who would of guessed it was staged ? So realilstic. P.S. Did you go to Volga’s All-School reunion a few weeks ago ? ~fsl.

  8. Per Pål P says:

    Nice…

  9. Paula B says:

    I’ve not seen his work before, but I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing! Hope you and Linda are doing well! We think of you often!

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