Architectural Photog Transforms a Munich Hotel 88 Mind-Bending Ways in Post

From no Photoshop straight to excessive yet awesome image manipulation, we’re all over the spectrum today. Although general belief (at least among purists) is that it is always better to create something in-camera than in post, there are certain things that just can’t be done in-camera… and architecture photographer VĂ­ctor Enrich did ALL OF THEM to this one hotel in Munich.

The NH Deutscher Kaiser hotel (NHDK) is an actual hotel in Munich, Germany that usually looks like this:


But that, it seems, is far too boring for Mr. Enrich, who decided to apply his considerable retouching and 3D graphics skill — which he has demonstrated many times before through other impressive architectural distortions — to make it more exciting… 88 times over.

The whole thing started with one transformation, that turned into two, then four and so on until the whole 88-photo NHDK series was finished. At the top you can see a video that goes through all 88 versions, while below you’ll see a selection of some of our favorites although, to be honest, it was very hard to pick:













We’ve heard of someone photographing the same building or object in many different ways, as an exercise in expanding your creativity, but this is a whole other kind of exercise. The craziest thing is that he manages to make many of these seem extremely realistic, although they almost unanimously defy the laws of physics and common sense.

To see all 88 in high res, or if you’d like to purchase prints of any of the variations you like best starting at about $100 a piece, head over to Einrich’s website by clicking here.

(via Gizmodo)

Image credits: Images by Victor Enrich and used with permission.

  • fast eddie

    The guy’s ‘Shop skills are incredible, but the video is seizure inducing. My head hurts, and i need to lay down, now.

  • russianbox

    Its not photoshop, still very cool and impressive tho

  • elektrojan

    wow, very creative an and well executed rendering/ composit. look at the zooms on his website…

  • DLCade

    Thanks for pointing that out! We made an assumption… and we all know where that leads. The article has been edited.

  • kjb

    that was the most annoying video to watch ever. i thought the video wasn’t even loading there in the beginning, as it took 15 seconds to show the one base image, and then drove me nuts as the other images only lasted a split second with the black screen in between. stick to stills my friend….

  • kassim

    His Shoping skill is amazing! Look very real. Bravo man. I takes me about half a day to make one of those picture. He made a video of them. Wow.

  • Kurt Langer

    Amazing pics alright! After reading how bad the video was I had to watch. And yep its pretty bad.

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  • Yerbaby

    Roll a fat one and watch that in a dark room

  • Anon

    He’s just mapped the building to a 3D model in Maya then you can do aything to that

  • kassim

    Owh, it never crossed my mind… thanks

  • BDWT

    Your comment is pointless.

  • BDWT

    I know we’re all looking at the building and how it warps, bends and changing shape but I also really admire the detail and textures he put into the areas that were behind the real building, I actually wondered if he had gone and taken photos of those other areas and then brought them in, or if he built them up with Photoshop or some other 3D software.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    Anonymous internet comment board photography critics are pointless.

  • Jim Johnson

    Judging by the level of quality in those photos, I am going to guess each one took him months to finish.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    He should have used softer transitions between each shot. It was just too jarring to watch, but I guess he can always reedit it.

  • Jimmy Fartpants

    Like a fat burrito or something?

  • Christian DeBaun

    Reminds me of the city bending scenes in “Inception” (one of my favorite films).

  • Anon

    Im guessing he made that background plate without the building, then made his 3d model and did his thing with it. Those sort of transforms are easy to do in Maya/Max out of the box, but yea very clever and imaginative use of it!

  • araczynski

    so the consensus is that he’s got great photoshop skills, but is a noob at videos? :)

  • taralundrigan

    Very cool, and insanely well done!!!

  • Justin Imhoff

    These are 3D renders, not just photoshopped photographs

  • Chow

    Wrong headline. Those images are created in a 3D software.

  • Diego Morrongiello