Model photography with life-size backgrounds in perfect perspective [25 pictures]

Photographer and model-maker Michael Paul Smith has been building models and photographing them for over 25 years. All his scenes take place in the fictional town of Elgin Park, a quintessential mid-20th-century, middle American town of his own creation.

One of the most interesting aspects of many of his compositions is how he includes actual buildings and trees behind his models as if they were the same scale. With a careful eye for placement and lighting, Smith uses forced perspective to put his model cars, trains, and buildings into the same world as the trees and buildings in the background, despite their being many times smaller.

Here are several of his finished photos, each followed by a behind-the-scenes shot…

The Delivery of the New Bendix Washing Machine

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North Main Street – Elgin Park [circa 1930’s ]

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Darren Winthrop’s ’65 Mustang Fastback

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The Arrival of the Corvette Show Cars

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One of the Many Pleasant Streets in Elgin Park

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The Day After It Snowed

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Moving Day – Stopping by the Creek – 1944

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The 1957 Ford Hide-Away Hardtop Promotion

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1950 – The Start of the Suburbs

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1935 – News Happens in Elgin Park

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Relatives Visiting from Up State NY -1934

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Late Summer – 1938

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To see lots more pics, read more about them, and buy prints, visit Smith’s Flickr page and his collection on SmugMug.

(via This Isn’t Happiness)