Photographer Uses a Toy DeLorean for a Spectacular ‘Back to the Future’ Shoot

Back to the Future Fan Art by Photographer Felix Hernandez

Photographer and digital artist Felix Hernandez proves that it doesn’t take a ton of fancy tools to craft incredible works of art. Using a miniature toy car, fire, and a mastery of photographic techniques, the Mexico-based creative has recently produced several spectacular scenes. This tiny automobile wasn’t just any car, though. Hernandez got his hands on a 1/18th-scale time-traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future films. Making it the star of his images, he incorporated the fire—as well as smoke and light painting—to have DeLorean look like it was about to speed towards another era.

The car is the third iconic vehicle in Hernandez’s personal project called Famous Movie Cars. “It’s a tribute to my childhood,” he tell us, “to all the cars of TV series and movies that [made] me happy in my youth.” To pay the DeLorean proper homage, Hernandez first set up the shoot in his studio and placed the toy against a simple backdrop. Then, he captured different effects in-camera, and afterwards brought the images into Photoshop. There, he added flares and adjusted the color grading to bring his artistic vision to life.

The mixture of studio photography and digital art allows Hernandez the flexibility he needs to create these fantastical and often unbelievable scenes. “In the end,” he explains, “photography for me is not portray what exists but to portray what exists in me.”

Photographer Felix Hernandez has created spectacular Back to the Future fan art via ingenious toy photography.

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Using smoke, fire, and light painting, Hernandez produced a number of effects in camera. Then, he took the shots into Photoshop and edited them into the otherworldly scenes you see here.

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Watch Hernandez in action through this behind-the-scenes video:

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Felix Hernandez Dreamphography.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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