1. The town photographed here is both quaint and beautiful
2. Each picture here seems to tell a story of how life used to be in the United States.
3. Although there’s not much going on in these pictures, but it’s obvious that this town is nothing but charm.
4. And, as it turns out, also not real.
5. Michael builds custom miniature models and sets, meticulously crafting every detail.
6. Then, the 60 year-old photographer creates the hyper-realistic images.
7. If you didn’t know any better, you might think these are vintage photos of a town from a few decades ago…
8. And NOT the extremely small models this man built.
9. He started building these models as an exercise. He wanted to practice his craft and also photography.
10. He never imagined he would recreate the home town that he grew up in
11. To Michael, this is what quintessential America looked like when he was a kid.
12. It is absolutely stunning
13. If “Elgin Park” were a real town, I would love to live there.
14. He creates the scenes by setting up Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint die cast autos and trucks in front of his models on card tables.
15. Then, he uses the surrounding scenery to make the backgrounds for the photos.
16. You just have to have the right PERSPECTIVE
17. And a Creative Imagination can take you a long way.
18. Just like Michael...
19. Usually the resulting photos are completely convincing.
20. Even when you know what’s going on behind the scenes.
21. It’s all an illusion.
22. But Michael is able to make an incredibly convincing one.
23. He just lets his imagination go wild
24. His selfies aren’t part of the official photo series, but I think they just add to the charm of his work.
25. and the charm certainly doesn't stop here
26. It gets better and better
27. You still can't believe your eyes right?
28. Well that's the beauty of Michael's work
29. You know its not true but it sure seems like one.
30. I'm star-struck!