Watch: Short Doc 'Elgin Park' on Photographer Michael Paul Smith
"The keys are in the car, there's a full tank of gas, and the food is good at the diner. That's Elgin Park." If you're a fan of photography, you may have seen these photos on the internet last year, as they went "viral" everywhere on social media. Michael Paul Smith is an artist who creatures vintage scenes to photograph using miniature models and playing with the optical illusion of perspective. He created an entire 1950's utopia called Elgin Park, "a fantastical world", and this documentary dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work. It's a fascinating and entertaining 9 minute experience. We're featuring this new short film in hopes that it'll inspire and intrigue as many as possible.
From Vimeo: "Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950's utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith's imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work." To pre-order Michael Paul Smith's book and dive further into the process, visit Animal Media Group. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page. This short documentary is directed by Danny Yourd, producer on the Sundance award winning documentary Blood Brother, with cinematography by John Pope. We hope you enjoy this.