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Famous Places Around the World Turned Into Miniature Scenes

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New York-based photographer Richard Silver is a passionate traveler, and his primary goal as an artist is to share his life experiences by creating beautiful photographs during his travels. Rather than shoot traditional photos, he uses techniques such as tilt shift, HDR, panorama, and time-slice in order to capture the world in eye-catching ways. Last year we shared his time-slice photos of NYC, which showed day turning into night in single photos.

Another major project he has been working on is called “Tilt Shift.” He has been photographing some of the world’s most famous locations and turning them into miniature scenes.

The project contains photos snapped in locations ranging from the famous structures of Machu Picchu (as seen above) to runners streaming down a road during the New York Marathon.

Silver says, “People always ask me, How do I make people look so small or why do I make people look so small? Simple, we are!” Thus, his goal with the project is to “give the viewer a new way of seeing themselves and their place in the world.”

The photographer tells us he was inspired by the tilt-shift work of Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri. However, instead of using an actual tilt-shift lens, Silver shot “normal” photographs and then applied an artificial shallow depth of field to the images using Photoshop during post-processing.

“I appreciate the freedom that digital gives me especially with this ongoing project,” he says.

So far, Silver has already visited all 7 New Wonders of the World (one of the lists, at least), and has applied this tilt-shift style to all of them.

The US Open in New York City

The US Open in New York City

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Acropolis

Acropolis

Ahu Tangariki

Ahu Tangariki

Palm Islands in Dubai

Palm Islands in Dubai

The White House in Washington, DC

The White House in Washington, DC

The World Trade Center Memorial

The World Trade Center Memorial

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

Colesium

Colesium

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Roman ruins

Roman ruins

The New York Marathon in 2011

The New York Marathon in 2011

Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Zocalo, Mexico

Zocalo, Mexico

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Snow walkers in Iceland

Snow walkers in Iceland

Silver’s photographs are now being exhibited in galleries located in many of the countries he has visited (over 50 of them around the world).

You can find more photographs from this series over on Silver’s website.


Image credits: Photographs by Richard Silver and used with permission