Or maybe you prefer a light box, which is found here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/new-lightbox-shadow/
If these plug-ins do not meet your needs, perhaps you should provide more explanation.
Wordpress is all about the plug-ins. Another option, would be to not use Wordpress and just construct a website without the content management system. Unless you have a client that is requiring it to be in Wordpress or you want your site to have the same "look" as many other recent websites, I would recommend you starting from scratch and use the traditional coding: HTML, PHP, CSS, jQuery, etc... and retain complete control of all aspects of the site without the confines of a CMS.