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Meticulous Model Worlds

 by Stephanie Glaros

Tags: Arts, visual art, photography, Stephanie Glaros,

Model-maker and photographer Michael Paul Smith creates scale replicas of nostalgic scenes from 1940s and 1950s middle America. He makes meticulous sets for his replica automobiles using “Gator board, styrene plastic, Sintra (a light flexible plastic that can be carved, and painted), plus numerous found objects,” and then photographs them. In another interesting series, he replicates vintage family photos quite convincingly.

MPS Vintage 1










MPS Vintage 2










MPS Vintage 3













Photos courtesy of Michael Paul Smith.