Armed With A Mind

I'm James. I'm a working class, Straight Edge, God-believing, independent conservative kind of guy. I am not a carbon copy of an "alternative lifestyle" stereotype. I live my life the way I see fit. I live this life for myself and for my wife and daughter. I will never seek your approval.


Photographer Creates Lifelike Images of American Streets Using Toy Car Models and Forced Perspective

Over his long career of making and building, self-taught photographer Michael Paul Smith has at times referred to himself as a text book illustrator, a wallpaper hanger and house painter, a museum display designer, an architectural model maker, and art director. All of these skills have culminated in the amazing ability to shoot forced perspective outdoor scenes using his extensive diecast model car collection. Something he calls his “quirky hobby.”

For nearly 25 years Smith has been working on a fictional town he refers to as Elgin Park where all of his miniature scenes take place. To make each shot he positions an old card table at scenic points around Boston and positions his minutely detailed cars and model sets on top. Using an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera and natural light he then snaps away, simply eye-balling the perspective to get everything right.

(via bearded-glory)