In a couple of articles we have shown you the amazing difference drone photography can make through providing different camera angles and aerial views that we are not used to seeing. From elephants in Africa to buildings peeking through fog banks, we are being treated to a visual banquet thanks to the adaptability of drones and the development of top-quality digital cameras. Here we have yet another example of where drone photography has added a new dimension.
We owe a huge thanks to Aydın Büyüktaş, a Turkish artist and photographer who has done some remarkable work in recreating a surreal cityscape of Istanbul in Turkey. Without the ability to take numerous photographs from different angles, these recreations would not have been possible. The reason why we ask if you have seen the film Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio is because these images created by Büyüktaş are a very reminiscent of some of the scenes in the film.
The original concept was inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions – a story based on a two-dimensional world occupied only by in geometric figures. Büyüktaş has cleverly managed to create a series of warped collages depicting entire neighborhoods which are doubled in half creating a dramatic effect where city streets straight into the sky as they fold back on themselves.
According to Büyüktaş, “We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise,” adding that “These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic, as well as multi-dimensional, romantic point of view.
“I have worked on the planning phase for two months,” he said. “I have planned every single detail, including the spots to take photos, the desired slope, and all the spots for merging them.”
He also commented that “In the science fiction books I read when I was a child, I learned that parallel universes existed but they were far away from us,” he said. “I was imagining those very close to us and these photos are a product of those imaginations.”
The technique behind the creation of these images has been the use of both drone photography and 3-D software to painstakingly recreate these amazing digital landscapes, each of which took many days of planning and work. The more you look at the images the more surreal they become because there is next to no distortion of any of the imagery that would give you the impression that the picture has, in any way, been manipulated.
There is no question that the world of drone photography has opened up a whole new dimension for those with an artistic bent and creative nature, but we have to admit that these four images we have included for you here really are quite remarkable. It will be interesting to see where Büyüktaş goes from here as there is no question that he will be using drones to take further images of the Istanbul landscape.