Playfully known as Paperboyo, English artist and photographer Rich McCor continues to cleverly transform tourist destinations around the world with his paper cut-outs. Constructed from black card-stock, his silhouettes turn well-known sites into whimsical scenes.
Like his older work, McCor’s more recent photographs present landmarks and monuments from an entirely new perspective. By holding his cut-outs and camera at the perfect angle, McCor is able to make it appear as if each of his tiny creations is part of the much larger background. As a result of his creative eye and steady hand, McCor has put an octopus in the Colosseum, clothed Michelangelo’s seemingly shameless statue of David, turned Christ the Redeemer into a Titanic love interest, and used the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel as a yo-yo.
His arrangements may look effortless, but each one requires ample preparation. “Let’s say I’m traveling to New York,” McCor tells Vice. “Before I go I’ll print out as many photos of the city as I can. Then I’ll get a pencil and I’ll doodle ideas on top of the prints. And when I get one that I think works, I’ll make the cutout for it. But I still take my scalpel knife, cutting board and bits of black card in case I get an idea once I’m there.” Lucky for McCor, his patience and persistence have paid off. He now has over 250k followers on Instagram, where he posts each quirky photo.