These Quirky Paper Cut-Outs Make Art Out of Photos!!

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Using ordinary paper, Rich McCor (@paperboyo on Instagram) transforms his photos into extraordinary scenes! He makes paper cut-outs that turn his photos into ART!!


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After snapping this one I was walking back into town & had the whole scenario of getting lost just as my battery died. Three long weeks later I finally emerged from the dense woodland of Presidio in rags, shivering & reduced to skin and bones (I might be exaggerating). Anyway the point of this story is that after getting lost I came across a park, but this park looked like no other park. Everything looked stunning- water trickled around me down a creek, through slabs of rock and into a peaceful lake whilst perfectly placed lights conjured a glow around the setting. For a moment I thought I’d crashed someone’s elaborate wedding proposal- that’s how good this place looked. Turns out I’d actually stumbled onto part of the Industrial Light & Magic campus and was in George Lucas’ epic 17 acre public landscape (having looked it up later I found out the part I’d come across was near the Letterman Digital Arts Center). Not a hidden gem as such but somewhere I wouldn’t have intentionally come across, so the moral is- turn your phone off occasionally & go get lost. Shout out to @mr.kriss who gave me the idea for this image, go check out his super creative insta #GoldenGateBridge #SanFrancisco #AlwaysSF A post shared by Rich McCor 🇬🇧 (@paperboyo) on

We’ve docked in Barcelona for the day and if you’ve been paying attention you may have picked up on the fact that quite a few of my cut-outs on this trip have had an aquatic/sea theme as an ode to being on a cruise ship for the past nine days. So here in Barcelona it made sense to do a photo with the Torre Agbar, home to the Barcelona water company. This is the last official stop on my cruise with the Princess team, however they’ve kindly let me stay on board so that I can get off in the Azores (somewhere I’ve always wanted to go), so I’ll be sharing a couple of photos from the islands next #comebacknew #PrincessCruises #PassionPassport #TravelAwesome #igTravel #WanderLust #Travel #Holiday #Vacation #Cruise #CruiseLife #InstaCruise #StreetArtLovers #ForcedPerspective #Funny #TravelStoke #Paper #PaperArt #Art #Silhouette #Penguin #Barcelona #Spain #TorreAgbar

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On the Royal Princess, the mega cruise ship I’m on, there’s a unique feature that it shares only with its sister ship, called the SeaWalk. It’s a glass bottomed walkaway that extends out over the sea. This view is it from below, but when you’re walking on it and looking down whilst speeding through the waves it’s a bit of a trip. They’ve wisely built a bar next to it so you can sip cocktails and laugh at the other passengers as they walk across it with varying amounts of terror #comebacknew #PrincessCruises #PassionPassport #TravelAwesome #igTravel #WanderLust #Travel #Holiday #Vacation #Cruise #CruiseLife #InstaCruise #StreetArtLovers #ForcedPerspective #Funny #TravelStoke #Paper #PaperArt #Eye #Eyelash A post shared by Rich McCor 🇬🇧 (@paperboyo) on

Have you ever heard of the word naumachia? Until I got to Rome I hadn’t either, but it’s a word the Romans used to describe simulated naval fights – they were like gladiator battles on a bigger and wetter scale. Sometimes special structures were built and other times lakes were used, but there is evidence that the colosseum was once turned into a gladiatorial water world for a naumachia (the more you say that word, the more addictive it becomes). According to the Roman historian Cassius Dio, a sea fight took place in the amphitheatre in 86 AD. Ships, weapons and thousands of men were brought in and since every effort was made to make a naumachia (I bet you’re saying it out loud now) a colossal event, even sea creatures were shipped in from around the globe – hence why I put an octopus inside the colosseum, because y’know when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Time to hop back on board Royal Princess and head up the coast to the port of Livorno to visit Florence. (Head to @princesscruises to see more images) #comebacknew A post shared by Rich McCor 🇬🇧 (@paperboyo) on

For the next week I’m on a road trip around the @french_mountains, hitting three ski resorts to see if I can shake up the usual style of ski holiday photos. It’s also an opportunity to see if I can do a blue run and stay upright (yeah, I’m a beginner). The week starts in Tignes, or more specifically up here at the Aiguille Percée (The Eye of The Needle). This is on a red run (a difficult run) so I cheated and took a snowmobile up & down with one of the piste staff. We set off before the slopes were open and just as the sun rose over the Alps- you probably don’t need me to tell you how special that looked. After getting this shot at the rock formation I joined the staff for coffee in their alpine hut whilst playing with their two huskies. I can’t remember the last time I had such a satisfying morning @TignesOfficiel #Tignes #TignesAddict #FrenchMountains #AlpsMontBlanc #Silhouette #Mountain #Sunrise #Wanderlust A post shared by Rich McCor 🇬🇧 (@paperboyo) on

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  • Helen Gircko

    I always hoped that the old art of carving silhouettes will find a new life. For this we need only scissors and a little imagination … However, the author has a lot of imagination .. very much… and it’s wonderful. It’s always wonderful when familiar objects acquires a new look. Thanks for the links!!!

  • Love this blog, Paul. Reminds me of an outdoor Art Gallery set in several places. My favorite is the Eye, has the resemblance of the dollar bill the eye in the middle of a pyramid, and also reminds me of the Minds Eye in the forehead region. Great job to all artists in participation of these beautiful pieces of their unique Art! Thanks so very much for sharing! Have a great day!

  • Helen Gircko

    P. S. They are all beautiful, but the penguin (or penguin-tower) is definitely my favorite. Why would it? Although, the lawn mower is also very … very … Yes, and the explanations for the photos…are almost poems!

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Very cool art Pee Wee. Thanks for the share and happy National burrito day!;)

  • Amanda Dushan

    Such beautiful cut-outs! My favorite is the cat.