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Elgin Park Photos

YOU MAY THINK THAT HIS FASCINATION with this small town is somewhat remarkable. He’s spent years and years, taking photos of a place that’s near and dear to his heart – Elgin Park.

But for artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith, this isn’t just about taking vintage photos. Not at all.

Because… there’s a method to his madness.  A secret that we’ll come to in a minute.

Just looking at the photos would probably give you bouts of nostalgia. Bringing you back to the times of decades past. And he’s able to do that because Michael is darn good at what he does. In a way you wouldn’t imagine…

Elgin Park is a beautiful little town.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

With that small town nostalgic charm.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

Looking at the photos makes you feel all cozy inside.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

And brings you back to the good old days.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

Even if these are just vintage photographs of the past…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… until you realize that…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… it’s all just a man-made illusion.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

Because Michael… isn’t just your ordinary photographer.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

He’s also an artist. A model builder if you will…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

Creating these intricate, realistic models based on how…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… he remembered life growing up used to be in the USA.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

None of this is done with Photoshop.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

The buildings are constructed of resin-coated paper…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… styrene plastic, and basswood, plus numerous found objects.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

The vehicles are from Michael’s collection…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… of 300+ commercially produced, diecast models.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

The result is a collection of photos so convincing…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… that even if you know, it can be hard to believe…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… that everything is just an illusion…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… that there is no such town…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… and that the good old days aren’t coming back.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

But, we can still dream…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… that’s what Michael does with his art.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

Dream-infused artwork that has inspired millions.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

It’s not easy doing this though. Everything has to be just right.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

The perspectives…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

The angles…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

And the backgrounds too…

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

… which are actually real-life surrounding scenery.

Vintage Elgin Park Photography With Miniature Photo Effect

If Elgin Town were real, I’m sure you’d want to live there. But, as with all art, the beauty is in the illusion.

For now, you can see more pictures of this amazing vintage model American town to satisfy your longings. Just visit the Elgin Park website. And you can learn more about Michael’s work too and how he makes everything by visiting the Craftsmanship Museum website.