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None of These Cars is Real – Would You Believe They are Models?

Written by Christopher • November 12th, 2013
None of These Cars is Real – Would You Believe They are Models?

None of These Cars is Real

It sure looks real doesn’t it? It could very well be photos from a 1950s advertisement trying to promote the latest model of a car or pristine time capsule that were just discovered. But none of what you see is actually real.

Michael Paul Smith from New England, USA is a model car enthusiast and photographer and creator of these fun and highly detailed photos of scenes from the past. Using a forced perspective technique, he tricks our eyes believing that the small model cars and objects are a part of the background scenery, which creates a flawless transition that blends seamlessly.

Michael explains that his model making skills are an accumulation of numerous jobs he has had over the years. Everything from text book illustrator, wallpaper hanger and house painter, designer of museum displays, architectural model maker, and art director for retail stores.

I am very impressed and Michael definitely had me fooled there for a while.

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Above: None of These Cars is Real

Christopher

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • litlgrey

    None of these cars… IS real. None IS, is the correction construction, even though you’re referring to a multiple value of cars. The syntax remains that the verb refers not to the cars, but to the “None.”

    I know, it’s very awkward. Think of “Nothing is real” and it becomes a bit easier to visuailize.

  • Thanks for the heads up Carl! You learn something new every day.

  • litlgrey

    :-) !!

  • Will

    Wow! I recognize the drive in theatre in one photo. It is outside of Pittsburgh,pa.

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