Amazing Offbeat

By Alex Wilmot

 

An artist has transformed famous scenes and global landmarks – including London attractions – with incredible paper art.

Rich McCor, 33, has garnered fans across the world with his pictures of the delicate cut-outs being used by tourism boards and film promoters.

Snapshots of iconic landmarks everywhere have been transformed with the addition of the playful paper cut-outs.

Going by the moniker of Paperboyo, Rich quit his job as a production assistant with the BBC to become a full-time creative photographer.

The snapper said: “It was just meant to be a little hobby but it grew out of hand pretty quickly and opened up opportunities to travel the world and work with tourism boards to promote their destinations in a new and quirky way to reach new audiences.

“It’s taken me to the helipad of the Burj Al Arab, the vistas of the Arctic Circle and it’s even put me in front of Will Smith when I had ten minutes to create some social media content with him to promote his film, Gemini Man.”

Rich has captured eye-catching snaps of locations including London’s City Hall, where he skillfully added a scene from the classic film, Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Each shot takes enormous amounts of patience, with each picture requiring its own carefully planned shoot and the paper cut-outs potentially contending with difficult weather conditions.

Despite these challenges, Rich has been able to produce his own takes on landmarks including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the DC Tower in Vienna, Sugar Beach in Toronto, along with spots closer to home, adding a take of Queen’s Freddie Mercury above a Nottingham railway bridge.

Garnering more than 480,000 on Instagram alone, Rich has managed to grow a significant audience but admits he still enjoys the reaction his pieces can generate.

He said: “I think my style divides people, there are some that get it and enjoy it and there’s definitely a section that don’t get it and don’t understand why it’s grown an audience. I sort of enjoy seeing people’s real life reactions when I show them what I’m doing while taking a photo on location. I can never really tell what people’s reactions to my images will be.”