by Milo Sumner in New Photography on Friday 21 March 2014

A masterful collaboration between set-designer Luke Aan de Wiel and photographer Andy Rudak, Cardboard Cities is one of those projects that confounds the viewers eye. Believe it or not, every single one of these cityscapes is entirely constructed from cardboard.

Each set replicates scenes of different cities around the world: warm light spills out of a ramshackle shantytown in one image, while in another the artist manages to make cardboard take on the quality of Parisian cobblestones. The attention to detail is what really makes this series so astounding, from the careful Japanese calligraphy and pixelated Godzilla, to the utterly realistic New York fire escape.

This is a perfect example of how hours of painstaking modelling, careful setup of shot for maximum impact and a general love of your art, can pay off a hundredfold.