When you're a creative professional, sometimes you lose track of the artistry behind your work. Whether it's cranking out essays, shooting videos, or even writing fun articles for Wimp.com (hi guys!), you have to ensure that your creative gifts don't get waylaid by the day-to-day assignments. Even though Dusan Stojancevic, a photographer/cinematographer from Serbia, uses his camera to earn a living, he still finds ways to experiment with his technique. He recently shared shots of famous landmarks as seen through the distorted lens of a water droplet, providing a new perspective on sites we thought we had already seen.
The Blue Mosque of Istanbul
The Blue Mosque of Istanbul was built between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of Ahmed I. The mosque derives its name from the thousands of hand-painted blue tiles that adorn its interior and, in more recent years, the mosque is bathed nightly in blue light. Some consider this to be the last great mosque of the classical period, but Stojancevic's water drop photography renders it tiny and delicate.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a quintessential piece of American engineering and design. It's been the backdrop of countless feature films like Annie Hall and The Avengers, but nobody has ever photographed it to look so small and dreamy.
The Church of Saint Sava
The Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world. It's been under construction since 1935 and it just keeps growing. Stojancevic, who lives in Belgrade, nailed this perfect shot of the massive cathedral framed in a miniscule water droplet.
The Eastern Gate of Belgrade
Called the Eastern Gate of Belgrade, these structures are actually three brutalist apartment buildings that tower over the eastern entrance to the city. This snap of the Eastern Gate was the first of these water droplet photos that Stojancevic ever took. Though the beauty is still apparent, you can see that his technical skill has developed quite a bit since then.
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building may be the most iconic building in the world, but it's almost unrecognizable in this little droplet. The curve of the water allows all 102 stories of the edifice to fit into one photograph, a feat not easily accomplished by regular photography!
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station may be one of the largest train stations in the world, but it doesn't look as grand when it's trapped in a tiny bubble of water! The main concourse may be 275 feet long and 120 feet wide, but Stojancevic manages to condense all that space into just a few millimeters of H2O.
Even from the outside, this shot makes Grand Central Station look minute! This gorgeous facade was almost torn down multiple times as New York grew by leaps and bounds but, eventually, the city gave it landmark status in 1968. This did not make the owners of the building happy and they took the case to the Supreme Court where the justices ruled the facade would remain.
The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum is already an unusual structure but Stojancevic's photography really accentuates its trademark curves. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Museum's unique design drew the ire of critics even before it opened. Of course, it has stood the test of time and remains one of New York's most distinctive and beautiful structures.
When you think "big city," the Manhattan skyline is probably the first thing that pops into your mind. All those glass and steel skyscrapers dominate the landscape and redefined what a city could be. This image, taken from across the river, renders the Big Apple into little more than a tiny blip.
The House of the National Assembly
This ornate building houses the National Assembly, basically the Serbian equivalent of Congress. Photographed in Stojancevic's hometown of Belgrade, this center of political importance becomes an itty-bitty establishment. When you see it this way, it's hard to imagine hundreds of politicians hustling and bustling and making important decisions.
The New York Public Library
If you're as much of a bibliophile as I am, a walk through the main branch of the New York Public Library is a dream come true. This Beaux-Arts design contains over 53 MILLION books! I'd hate to think what would happen to all those tomes if they really were wrapped up in a water droplet.
The Sagrada Familia
Barcelona's Sagrada Familia is one of the most unique pieces of architecture (and this writer's personal favorite) in the world! Designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí, this cathedral's spires dominate the Barcelona landscape and have become the most recognizable symbol for the city. It's so ornate and complex that even though groundbreaking took place in 1882, it is not expected to be completed until 2028! That's a lot of building for one tiny water droplet!
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