Warped Railway Landscape with Blue Trains

Surreal Landscapes of Istanbul and America

Aydin Buyuktas, an Istanbul based visual effects artists, uses photography to recreate worlds that can only be found in dreams, or the movie "Inception." He edits images of surrounding landscapes taken by his drone in photoshop, bending the landscapes towards the sky.

Buyuktas' goal is to show people's realities as something completely different and new. He wants to "allow people to experience a multidimensional feeling," he says.

Buyuktas has featured many of his home city of Istabul's most recognizable landmarks such as the Grand Bazaar and the Galata Bridge.

The photo series, "Flatlands" uses digital-manipulation to warp the viwer's sense of time and space.
Credit: Aydin Buyuktas

Buyuktas photographs each location from various angles with a drone in order to create his images. He later takes these various photographs and stiches them together using Photoshop.

Buyuktas' beautiful images defy gravity. His visual effects skills, creativity, and idea to use a drone have helped Buyuktas make his dreams a reality. 

Ever since he was a child, Buyuktas has been fascinated with science fiction and concepts like wormholes, parallel universes, and the idea of bending space and time. These interests translated to his adult life as a visual effects artist and have inspired his works.

The Yeni Cami, or New Mosque, in Istanbul's Faith district.
Credit: Aydin Buyuktas

Theologian Edwin Abbot's ideas and novella "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" is one of Buyuktas' greatest influences.

Buyuktas’ “Flatlands” collection was initially set in Istanbul, however, he expanded his reach to rural American landscapes and applied the same techniques.

He spent a month working and travelling in the US, capturing everything from desert railroads to cemeteries and farmlands.

While in America, Buyuktas found US property owners much more receptive to his project, additionally he had fewer problems with wildlife such as dogs or birds that occasionally interfered with his work in Turkey.

Click below to see an example of drone photography from a different artist.

Partially sourced CNN


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