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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

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