These mind-bending aerial photos of Istanbul might give you vertigo

It took two months of planning

Surreal photos
Photographer and artist Aydin Büyütka? has created a surreal view of Istanbul using a camera-equipped drone.

His series, titled "Flatland", was inspired by science fiction books — especially Edwin Abbott's "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" — that brought wild visions of imaginary worlds to his mind. He decided he wanted to bring them to life with innovative photography.

Büyütka? carefully planned each of these images using a 3D software that allowed him to explore all possible shooting locations throughout Istanbul.

Below are the surreal photos, which he said took two months of planning.

Büyütka? captured these images with an aerial camera drone. The camera would take multiple images, which Büyütka? would then combine in Photoshop to create a unique curved look.

Büyütka? wants to make ordinary places look extraordinary. "We live in places that most of the time don't draw our attention ... places that the artist gives another dimension," he told.

With his work, Büyütka? wants to surprise his viewers and force them to see the world in a new light.

Other than creating the composite, there was no manipulation of the photographs.

Büyütka? originally started this project as a collage of physical prints but was unhappy with the way they turned out, so he turned it into a digital project.
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Each of the locations was photographed multiple times by drone.

He ran into several different issues while photographing with the camera drone, like weather problems, permission issues, and birds that kept flying into the drone.

Each piece took days of work before the final image was finished.

As a child, Büyütka? read a lot of science fiction series. Authors such as Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells continue to inspire him, as well as scientific and technical journals.

"These books made me question the issues such as wormholes, black holes, parallel universes, gravitation, bending of space and time," Büyütka? said.

Büyütka? continues to make work that explores parallel universes, gravity, and other scientific phenomena that have inspired him throughout his life.

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