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Dream of dimensions

By China Daily Life Premium | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-09 07:56

Dream of dimensions

Turkish photography artist Aydin Buyukta bends time and space for his surrealistic visuals that combine photography and digital editing

Istanbul-based photographer and digital artist Aydin Buyukta has been a keen science fan - and a dreamer - since childhood. He enjoyed reading science-fiction books by popular writers such as Isaac Asimov and HG Wells, and constantly had dreams about the unrealistic ships and fantasy cities he saw from illustrations in the Ringworld series. "In my dreams, which I still have now, I'm often in dangerous settings," explains Buyukta. "I see pictures from different levels - one at eye level and one at bird's-eye level. Sometimes there are even more dimensional views."

Combining two such views in one picture was his vision for his 2015 photography project Flatland. The dizzying series featured 16 surreal 3-D-effect photos taken from iconic structures in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey, and brought the international spotlight on the artist's body of work. In October 2016, Buyukta set out on a second journey for Flatland II, a one-month, 10,000-mile solo trip across four American states - Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico. From more than 1,000 photos taken, he selected 18 to 20 from different angles for each site or landscape, and achieved the 3-D "bending" effect in Photoshop by overlaying the pictures. The post-production process took him two months.

Dream of dimensions

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