Artist Michael Paul Smith has built his own small town by hand, but you won't find Elgin Park on any map.
The entire community - which seems to be frozen in time in the late 1950s - only exists inside Smiths's apartment in Winchester, Massachusetts.
You would never guess these photos weren't taken in a real town from the 1950s, unless Smith leaves his hand in the frame.
The talented model-maker honed his photography and design skills over the years with a number of odd jobs.
He's been a painter, illustrator, designer, art director, and photographer.
While he has an incredible eye for detail and vintage style, all of Smith's scenes can fit neatly onto a desk.
Elgin Park's photos feature 1/24 scale die-cast cars and homemade buildings, which Smith builds from Gator board and plastic.
All of his photos are taken with a cheap digital camera, and he doesn't use any editing software, except to add vintage filters to his photos.
Mostly, Smith makes his pictures seem lifelike by combining his sets with life-size objects.
“It’s the oldest trick in the special effects book," he says, "line up a model with an appropriate background and shoot.”
Smith started sharing his pictures with friends and family on Flickr, before his project suddenly went viral.
At the height of his popularity, Smith says Elgin Park was getting 750,000 online visitors a day. A few even mistook the town for a real place.
"A woman from England wrote to me and she said, 'I'll be in the states, I want to visit Elgin Park,'" he told ABC News.
"I broke it to her gently," but Smith says she never wrote back. "I think I broke her heart."
While Elgin Park conjures up nostalgic feelings for almost all of its visitors, Smith has one place in mind while building it: his childhood home of Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
“It's not an exact re-creation of Sewickley,” he told the New York Times, “but it does capture the mood of my memories.”
You might notice that there's something missing from Elgin Park. There are no pint-sized people, and Smith says that's a deliberate choice.
"I want people to look at the picture, and I want people to visit with their mind. I love that sense of quietness," he explained.
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