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A man spent years taking photos of one small town, when you look closer, you’ll see why
http://topinfopost.com ^ | march 22, 2014

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.

It’s like each picture tells a story of how life used to be in the United States.

There’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 1950s; godsgravesglyphs; photography
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1 posted on 04/22/2014 1:12:02 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Wow. Great post. Made my day.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 1:14:18 PM PDT by jumpingcholla34
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To: lowbridge

Photoshop .. The Olde Fashioned way!


3 posted on 04/22/2014 1:14:55 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: lowbridge

Very cool. Thank you!


4 posted on 04/22/2014 1:15:56 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: lowbridge

Some of those pics have to be real or at least partially real (those with vegetation in the background).


5 posted on 04/22/2014 1:16:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lowbridge
All models. Awesome.

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.

6 posted on 04/22/2014 1:16:29 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: lowbridge

Radiator Springs...


7 posted on 04/22/2014 1:18:13 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: lowbridge

Astounding


8 posted on 04/22/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: lowbridge

AWESOME!!


9 posted on 04/22/2014 1:24:08 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: lowbridge

Wow — it’s a small world afterall.


10 posted on 04/22/2014 1:24:19 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: lowbridge

Great post, Smith is a very talented guy.


11 posted on 04/22/2014 1:25:57 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jumpingcholla34
When I was a kid, Libtards made fun of these towns as "Ozzie and Harriet" because "Leave it to Beaver" was a popular TV show. Now, they make fun of "Leave it to Beaver."

I guess their ideal of a town is some crime ridden area of south central LA because it is diverse.

12 posted on 04/22/2014 1:27:47 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: lowbridge

Good pictures but “The Twilight Zone” just comes mind.


13 posted on 04/22/2014 1:28:37 PM PDT by timeflies
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To: lowbridge
This picture intrigues me.

cool-miniature-town-cars-photographer-recreation-house

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.

14 posted on 04/22/2014 1:28:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
This one will give me nightmares.


15 posted on 04/22/2014 1:30:27 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: Vigilanteman
A photo my great grandfather took of my actual hometown back in the early 50s.


16 posted on 04/22/2014 1:34:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: lowbridge

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.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 1:35:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: lowbridge

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.


18 posted on 04/22/2014 1:35:43 PM PDT by depenzz ("Winning and grinning")
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To: lowbridge
What an amazing eye for detail, such realism. Lots of work went into those models.
The only thing that could possibly give it away is that the town is cleaner than real life.
But that's okay. I love it. Thank You for posting.
19 posted on 04/22/2014 1:35:55 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: cripplecreek

so peaceful.


20 posted on 04/22/2014 1:37:14 PM PDT by midnightcat
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for the Thread.

I saw this on a photography forum the other day and am still in awe of this man’s work.


21 posted on 04/22/2014 1:38:37 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: lowbridge
Loved the Hubley cast iron models from the 60s and 70s.
22 posted on 04/22/2014 1:41:50 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: lowbridge

Wow. Reminds me f my hometown in MS.


23 posted on 04/22/2014 1:43:20 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: cripplecreek

That photo brings back a memory- the smell of autumn leaves being burned in the gutter at my grandfather’s home.


24 posted on 04/22/2014 1:44:10 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


25 posted on 04/22/2014 1:45:10 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: JimRed
That photo brings back a memory- the smell of autumn leaves being burned in the gutter at my grandfather’s home.

Undoubtedly against the law now.

26 posted on 04/22/2014 1:48:03 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: JimRed

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.


27 posted on 04/22/2014 1:48:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: lowbridge

That is so cool! Thanks!


28 posted on 04/22/2014 1:48:18 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: dhs12345

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.


29 posted on 04/22/2014 1:50:40 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: JimRed

Hanover Michigan by the way. Corner of Allen and North Jackson street looking east.


30 posted on 04/22/2014 1:51:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: lowbridge

Cool post, thanks..!


31 posted on 04/22/2014 1:51:38 PM PDT by cardinal4
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To: cripplecreek

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.


32 posted on 04/22/2014 1:56:00 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Paladin2
Some of those pics have to be real or at least partially real (those with vegetation in the background).

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...

33 posted on 04/22/2014 1:56:31 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: lowbridge


34 posted on 04/22/2014 1:57:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Vigilanteman

“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.


35 posted on 04/22/2014 1:58:26 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SamAdams76
I see that now. I've done similar with a model of an old Jackson Hole Tram car to show my wife what it ( a 90% version) would look like in the back yard as a garden shed.

His car and building models are done much better than I can do...

36 posted on 04/22/2014 2:05:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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I guess their ideal of a town is some crime ridden area of south central LA because it is diverse.

Except they won't live there themselves. They'll tell YOU to live there, while THEY live in some lily-white gated community!

37 posted on 04/22/2014 2:06:14 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: SamAdams76
"Imagine if you could go back to 1952 as a 20 year old, knowing what you know now... "

have some old fam 8mm video to pull frames from to show how young kids were armed in the middle 50's.....

38 posted on 04/22/2014 2:07:09 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek

That’s gorgeous.


39 posted on 04/22/2014 2:07:19 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: lowbridge

He is really good ... wonder how he is on birth certificates?


40 posted on 04/22/2014 2:07:35 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Watching MSM news readers pimping His Arrogance is like watching a dog eat its own vomit!)
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To: Axenolith

Yes. Nothing went to waste.

Apparently, burlap sacks made good clothing. I don’t know if this is a myth.


41 posted on 04/22/2014 2:07:40 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: lowbridge

This man is pure awesomeness.


42 posted on 04/22/2014 2:11:24 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: dhs12345
"Hubley cast iron models"

No wonder why it works so well.

Those models looked much better than the AMC/Revell plastic car models of my youth.

43 posted on 04/22/2014 2:14:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SamAdams76
He constructs models of old cars and storefronts and photoshops them into actual current-day pictures of the town.

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.

44 posted on 04/22/2014 2:18:03 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Interesting, that didn’t look quite like a certain dam town near Brooklyn...


45 posted on 04/22/2014 2:18:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lowbridge

Dang, That guy has some serious skills!

Thanks for the post.


46 posted on 04/22/2014 2:19:06 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Paladin2
Actually, I was off topic a little. I don't know if the models were Hubley or not.

Seeing the old cars, reminded me of the Hubleys.

Sorry.

47 posted on 04/22/2014 2:20:53 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: lowbridge

Reminds me of our Department 56 Christmas village that shows scenes from the 50’s...


48 posted on 04/22/2014 2:28:32 PM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Paladin2

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.


49 posted on 04/22/2014 2:28:46 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: sassy steel magnolia

Thanks, never heard of Dept. 56 b4.


50 posted on 04/22/2014 2:32:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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