Could you envision the Arc de Triomphe as a robot? Can you imagine what it would be like to see The Little Mermaid holding a selfie stick?
Photographer Rick McCor, a.k.a "paperboyo" on Instagram, uses paper cutouts to add a little extra flair to his works. Rather than snap a simple photo of the Maritime Museum, McCor inserts a paper spider to the museum's webby ceilings.
Better yet, McCor adds a short caption with each picture, providing viewers with fun facts and history behind the landmarks he photographs.
For example, in a photo featuring The Louvre with a cutout of Mona Lisa, McCor wrote:
"When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, the museum shut down for nine days, the French border was closed and all departing ships and trains were searched. The mystery wasn't solved until two years later though, when the thief turned out to be Vincenzo Peruggia, a carpenter who had been working at the museum and knew all the exits and escape routes. Peruggia had even helped build the glass case that the Mona Lisa was displayed in, so he knew how to get the painting out. At closing time, he hid in a broom closet and then walked out an exit after dark holding the Mona Lisa under his coat."
In another photo, featuring The Little Mermaid statue by Edvard Eriksen in Copenhagen, McCor captioned this anecdote:
"Hans Christian Anderson (who wrote the fairy tale) always took some unusual pieces of equipment with him when he travelled, including a rope in case a fire broke out and he was forced to escape through a window. Fortunately he never needed it."
"Sometimes ideas come to me instantly and other times I don't think of them until they've been playing around in my subconscious," McCor told Mashable. "When I get to the location, it usually takes me about 15 minutes to get the shot exactly how I want it."
Moreover, McCor told the publication that he loves when people notice what he's doing while he's doing it.
"In the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, there's a beautiful glass ceiling that almost looks like a spider's web so I cut out a spider and took a photo. A young girl of about ten appeared beside me asking to see the photo. She very sweetly just said 'wow,'" he said.
We think McCor's art is an exciting, inspiring way to exercise our imaginations and we can't wait to see what he does next.
For more of his work, continue below or check out his Instagram.