Trippy 180-Degree Vertical Panoramas of Churches in New York City

New York City is undoubtedly one of the most photographed cities on Earth, but photographer Richard Silver doesn’t let that fact faze him. He’s on a personal mission to capture facets of The Big Apple in ways people have never seen before. A month ago, we shared his New York Sliced series, which consists of spliced photos of buildings that show day turning into night.

Silver has now followed that project up with a new one titled, NY Churches, which documents the various churches in NYC through beautiful (and disorienting) vertical panoramas.

Silver writes,

As a photographer who has traveled all over the world, sometimes I forget how much New York City has to offer. I am always trying to find new and different ways to photograph this city. This is my newest rendition of New York in Photographs.

These are done using the Panorama mode in Photoshop. Each photo is about 6-10 photos stitched together to make the panorama. I shot from the pews to the exit door and then back again to make sure that I got the shots I wanted. I used a tripod in most of the shots but (too) many of the churches do not allow tripod usage.

I wish I had figured this format out years ago because I have probably been in hundreds of churches, temples and mosques over the years through my travels… but better late than never.

Here’s a protip: if you scroll down through these images at a quick pace, you’ll feel like you’re doing front-flips through churches.

Image credits: Photographs by Richard Silver and used with permission

  • JJ

    Great idea and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a thing for shooting churches!

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Great, we have an architect now. All that’s left is to assemble the rest of the team to perform an Inception.

  • ivan

    Magnífico…esplendido…criativo e simplesmente impressionante….

  • Adam Dadson

    The only thing missing is the name of the churches.

  • pete n pete

    Get your totems!

  • Miguel Monteagudo

    SUPER!!! i think Richard need to do this on La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Spain. It would be amazing!

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  • CalTek Design

    The Churches in NYC are beautiful to shoot. Wish I thought of this technique when I was there in October.

  • CalTek Design

    Beautiful shots. Great concept and execution.

  • rvhdpal

    It would be nice to identify the churches – I am sure many would want to visit and take photos too.