Quirky artist transforms the capital’s familiar sights using paper cut outs
A quirky artist uses paper cut outs to transform some of the capital’s most familiar sights into quirky artwork.
Londoner Rich McCor has turned the London Eye into a bicycle, Big Ben into a watch and the Trafalgar Square lions into playful kittens.
And the 28-year-old, who works for a creative agency, does it all with nothing more than paper and a pair of scissors.
Rich said: “My favourite cut out so far is the bottle of champagne at the fountains near Tower Bridge.
“It took about 50 snaps until I got the right angle, depth of field and timing.
“Some of the cut outs are pretty basic so don’t take too long but for the tricky ones I’ll just put on my headphones and crack on with it.
“It’s incredibly therapeutic, although at times it’s equally tedious.
“I would love to somehow make this hobby into a career, and if it involves travelling to places to shoot these images then that would be a dream come true.”
Rich began taking pictures of his cut out artwork earlier this year, when he turned the clock face of Big Ben into a watch with the help of a paper strap.
Great Little Place London challenged him to design 10 photos for them, and he decided all would include cut outs in what was fast becoming his trademark style.
Rich posts his images to his Instagram account, @paperboyo, and now has more than 5,000 followers.
“When I photographed dangling a cut out of ball of wool in front of one of the lions at Trafalgar square, I learnt that the lions were made from cannons seized from the French and Spanish ships which took part in the Battle of Trafalgar,” he said.
“Stuff like that just adds a whole other layer to what you thought you knew about your home city, but it’s not just the history that’s exciting.
“Living in a city with new and exciting exhibitions is the perfect playground for my style.”
Rich recently photographed a house in front of Charles Pétillon’s balloon installation in Covent Garden to transform it into the famous scene from Pixar movie Up.
And it’s not just London in his sights – he has recently put his paper stamp on Amsterdam – where he snapped his trickiest cut out, musical notes inside the city’s opera house – and Stockholm too, and wants to shoot in New York and Rio.
Rich said: “My favourite part is when people approach me whilst I’m trying to take these photos.
“It’s great to have likes and follows, but a real life reaction like that is so charming and somehow makes me feel less silly about spending my time coming up with ideas and cutting out bits of paper.”