Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember.
Smith creates his photographs using a trifecta of items: vintage automobiles from his extensive die-cast car collection, a model diorama of his own creation, and real-life as his backdrop. The results are deceptively realistic, and that’s surprising considering he only uses a cheap $250, 14-megapixel Canon SX280.
“14 megapixels is almost too much for what I need to take convincing diorama shots. There is too much information being recorded which makes every little detail show up in the photographs,” he tells Fstoppers. “When working with miniatures, at least for myself, too much detail distracts from the total scene.”
As he recently told Fstoppers in an extensive interview, these photographs are 25 years in the making – along with the fictitious town he’s created called Elgin Park. You can see more of his work on his Flickr stream here.