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Flatland by Aydin Büyüktas

The Gravity-Defying Photographs Reimagine Contemporary Istanbul

Posted by Gestalten—02/2016

When we look into the sunset, our plane of vision dissolves in a flat horizon. As Neil deGrasse Tyson recently explained, this is not a testament to a so-called Flat Earth, but rather of our insignificance: dwarfed in relation to the Earth’s magnitude, it is simply impossible for us to see the slight meniscus in the horizon.

With this visual phenomenon in mind, Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş reimagined some of Istanbul’s most iconic scenes for his Flatland series. Büyüktaş used a masterful combination of drone photography and heavy-duty post-production to render the New Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and other landmarks flat. Streets curve to the sky; a soccer field bends impossibly. The series is a dizzying testament to the power of seeing from a new perspective

Images © Aydın Büyüktaş