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Perspective-Warping ‘Flatland II’ Photos are Disorienting and Beautiful

Perspective-Warping ‘Flatland II’ Photos are Disorienting and Beautiful

Just over a year ago, we told you about Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş and his amazing images that force us to consider landscapes from a new perspective. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s book Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, he combined 3D modeling and photography to create images that appear to have been adapted from two dimensions. As we previously explained, it’s something like this: imagine existing on a flat piece of paper, a two-dimensional world. The dimensions you know are length and width. If somebody lifted one end of that piece of paper, they would see it as being curved, but to the two-dimensional being, they wouldn’t notice the change. They have no concept of a third dimension, depth. If that’s not doing it for you, think about a Möbius strip and perhaps that’ll add perspective.

We bring this up because Büyüktaş is back at it again, with a series he’s calling “Flatlands II.” Last time, he applied his bizarre photo effects to Istanbul, but this time, he’s broadened his settings. For this series, he searched for areas and planned for two months. Shooting took a month (and 10,000 miles of travel). From there, the collages, which consist of 18 to 20 photos, were compiled over the course of a couple months. That effort has yielded perspective-warping takes on an abandoned greenhouse, a football field, a plant nursery, a parking lot, a junkyard, and others. The bridge is especially alarming, since it makes you feel like you’re about to drop onto an extremely steep road, which feels pretty much like a paved cliff face.

If you’re still struggling with all that dimensional talk we got into earlier, this video that imagines what a tenth dimension would be like should be helpful (and also speaks more about the original Flatland book). If you just want to see more mind-bending images by Büyüktaş, check out our gallery below.

Images: Used with Permission from Aydın Büyüktaş

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