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Michael Paul Smith is a photographer who plays with model cars. His long career includes the advertising field where he was an art director, a textbook illustrator, a newspaper editorial artist, a museum display designer, and a model maker. Since retiring Michael has created Elgin Park, a miniature town where he builds scenes using vintage model cars and buildings of which he then photographs to create realistic images that go back in time. His 1/24 scale recreations are of everyday America from the mid-20th century ranging from the 1920s to the mid-1960s. The details are incredible and no Photoshop is used to create his timeless images.
“Learn everything you can, read everything you can.” – Michael’s father
“Well here we are.” – Michael’s father
“Stop complaining. Nobody wants to hear it.” – Michael’s mother
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Having a high school guidance counselor tell him he had no talent.
Being approached by the Museum of Art and Design in N.Y City to put an exhibit up about his work.
FIRST SPECIAL CAR
A 1973 VW Super Beetle
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
“Don’t touch your car!” – Michael’s mechanic
Dumpster diving for useful items for making his models and scenes.
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Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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