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thumb_michaelpaulsmithMeest bezochte autofotograaf van het net? “Eén van DRIVR‘s Favoriete Zes” hoor ik jullie al denken, maar dat is vreemd genoeg niet het geval. Want zelfs samen geraken die in de verste verte niet aan de – hou je vast – twintig miljoen bezoeken die Michael Paul Smith sinds januari geklokt heeft. Inderdaad: twintig miljoen, en dat allemaal met wat schaalmodellen en een imaginaire stad. Klaar voor een trip down memory lane in Smith’s Elgin Park?

Our past is a powerful draw and in so many ways we try to capture it in order to explain it to ourselves.

What started out as an exercise in model building and photography, ended up as a dream-like reconstruction of the town I grew up in. It’s not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood of my memories. And like a dream, many of the buildings show up in different configurations throughout the photos. Or sometimes, the buildings stay put and the backgrounds change. Visually, this is heading towards the realm of ART.


It’s the oldest trick in the special effects book: line up a model with an appropriate background and shoot.
The buildings are 1/24th scale [or 1/2 inch equals a foot]. They are constructed of Gator board, styrene plastic, Sintra [a light flexible plastic that can be carved, and painted] plus numerous found objects; such as jewelery pieces, finishing washers and printed material. [Source: Flickr]

[Geïntrigeerd? Check dan de hommage in The New York Times]