Skip to comments.A man spent years taking photos of one small town, when you look closer, you’ll see why
Posted on 04/22/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT by lowbridge
Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.
The town he photographs is quaint and beautiful.
Its like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States.
Theres not much going on in these pictures, but its obvious that this town is nothing but charm.
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Wow. Great post. Made my day.
Photoshop .. The Olde Fashioned way!
Very cool. Thank you!
Some of those pics have to be real or at least partially real (those with vegetation in the background).
For a second I was afraid, that the way things are going these days, the report was about a pedophile who kept taking photos that included his favorite 10 year old in every shot.
Wow — it’s a small world afterall.
Great post, Smith is a very talented guy.
I guess their ideal of a town is some crime ridden area of south central LA because it is diverse.
Good pictures but “The Twilight Zone” just comes mind.
Its that chair on the front porch. Its a metal chair. Mrs. Rnd and I are looking for them. There are a few places that now make new reproductions of these mid century classics, but if you can find an original in good condition for under $100 - buy it.
A long while back I received an email to the site and the pictures.........What an awesome display of our past via models..........This guy is a Michelangelo of his craft.
Oh man, the one with the 1957 Plymouth Fury in it really hit home. I had one, it was my first new car buy and , oh, how I wish I had it today.
Thanks for the Thread.
I saw this on a photography forum the other day and am still in awe of this man’s work.
Wow. Reminds me f my hometown in MS.
That photo brings back a memory- the smell of autumn leaves being burned in the gutter at my grandfather’s home.
The might have one at the American History Museum on the Mall in DC.
That is a fun place to reminisce. They had the bright red and blue aluminum drinking glasses that I used when I visited my grandparents.
Undoubtedly against the law now.
My sister lives at the far end of that street today. The guy who lived where the bus is parked bought his first car from my great grandfather when he finished serving during the Korean war.
That is so cool! Thanks!
We always used the glass jars my great grandmother got her snuff in as drinking glasses. Still have a few at the grandmothers, and up at our cabin.
Hanover Michigan by the way. Corner of Allen and North Jackson street looking east.
Cool post, thanks..!
We would rake all the leaves into a large “Dakota Pit” and set them on fire. The Dakota Pit is an old Indian trick for keeping burning stuff at ground level with the air supplied by a vent hole. Some type of grating material (often just green wood) was laid over the top to keep the fire from being too visible or from getting away.
I think that's the whole point. He constructs models of old cars and storefronts and photoshops them into actual current-day pictures of the town. The result makes it look like he stepped into a time machine with a modern camera and went back to around 1952.
Imagine if you could go back to 1952 as a 20 year old, knowing what you know now...
“Ozzie and Harriet” and “Leave it to Beaver” were my favorite shows.
My home life as a kid was the exact opposite of those shows.
I watched those shows like a starving man looks at a piece of pie. They gave me the social cues as to what family life COULD be like.
I am thankful to God I gave my kids a great childhood and home life.
His car and building models are done much better than I can do...
Except they won't live there themselves. They'll tell YOU to live there, while THEY live in some lily-white gated community!
have some old fam 8mm video to pull frames from to show how young kids were armed in the middle 50's.....
He is really good ... wonder how he is on birth certificates?
Yes. Nothing went to waste.
Apparently, burlap sacks made good clothing. I don’t know if this is a myth.
This man is pure awesomeness.
No wonder why it works so well.
Those models looked much better than the AMC/Revell plastic car models of my youth.
Sort of. He simply sets his model sets on a table in front of real scenery for the background, and gets the perspective just right. At the link, there are some pics of the up-close shots, then an away shot that shows the table with the models sitting in front of the real-life backgrounds. I did a few like that when I was a kid. My dad built a 1/16th scale AC Cobra that I used for the car. They weren't great, but they were often mistaken for the real thing at a glance.
Interesting, that didn’t look quite like a certain dam town near Brooklyn...
Dang, That guy has some serious skills!
Thanks for the post.
Seeing the old cars, reminded me of the Hubleys.
Reminds me of our Department 56 Christmas village that shows scenes from the 50’s...
It’s a matter of perspective and focal length and depth of field. Look at pics 4 & 5. 4 shows his table with model, set up out in a snowy back yard. Notice the paint brush at the top right corner of the table. Now image the camera at that level, with the film plane aligned with the line of the brush, and the artist standing at the diagonal corner.
The artist and the trees behind him are real, everything else sits on the card table.
Very cool work, and so detail oriented; it’d drive me to drink. I wouldn’t have that kind of patience.
Thanks, never heard of Dept. 56 b4.
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