Artist creates images of iconic landmarks as you have never seen them before

Thursday, October 22, 2009

An artist who has a new view of the world has created awe-inspiring tiny 'planets' from our most iconic landmarks.

Alexandre Duret-Lutz took a series of stunning photographs of some of the world's most famous buildings and made them into montages of miniature worlds.

Suspended in space, the tiny spheres make our most loved landmarks look even more impressive, with tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum towering over the minions below.

Buckingham Palace, a beautiful desert island and Saint Saturnin of Toulouse are just a handful of the cherished landmarks given their own fantasy worlds.

Alexandre has created more than 400 of what he calls the 'Wee Worlds'.

With plans to make many more, Alexandre appears well on his way to fathering an entire miniature galaxy.

Using a photographic technique - called stereographic projection - the artist manipulates a series of panoramic pictures into the breathtaking cosmic circles using careful Photoshop skills.

Alexandre, from Paris, France, said: 'I plan to make many more worlds like these, I guess you could say it's like in the bible, except I make worlds with my camera.

'At each location I take as many pictures as I can before making them into a Wee World.

'It might have taken God six days to make a world but I can do it in just a few hours.'

Other grand sights that Alexandre has given their own tiny planets include the London Eye, the Golden Jubilee Bridge and the Vatican.

The talented artist is also an assistant professor at Epita Research and Development Laboratory in France.

A Stereographic Projection is a way of picturing the sphere as the plane. Anyone with basic Photoshop skills can create an image with this effect.


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