Leo and co. are nowhere to be seen, but the surreal images of Aydın Büyüktaş could come straight out of Inception.
Büyüktaş was inspired by Edwin Abbott’s satirical novel Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions — the tale of a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures. Using a combination of drones, 3-D rendering, and Photoshop, Büyüktaş creates whimsically warped views of the world that defy the laws of physics. He has dubbed the two photo series Flatlands and Flatlands II.
The photographer first tackled his hometown of Istanbul, Turkey, transforming its familiar scenery into landscapes worthy of M.C. Escher. You may recognise icons like the Grand Bazaar and the New Mosque, though you’ve surely never seen them like this before.
More recently, Büyüktaş travelled to the American Southwest to give a different terrain the same treatment. “The area is like heaven for a photographer,” he told Wired. There’s a certain surreality to its vast spaces to begin with, but through Büyüktaş’ lens, the region takes on an even more dreamlike quality.
Extensive planning and post-production is required to bring these fantasies to life. Before arriving in the United States, Büyüktaş spent two months exploring the country via Google Maps to plot his shots. He then rendered each location in three dimensions using drafting software to determine exactly which shots would be needed to create the curved effect of his images.
Over five states and 12,000 miles driven in a Jeep, Büyüktaş captured his newest series. Each photo required two drones, and though he won’t reveal how many images it takes to create one finished product, he admits it takes hours in Photoshop to achieve the result.
We’re officially declaring them hours well spent. If you like what you see, follow Aydın Büyüktaş on Instagram for more topsy-turvy worlds.