January 27, 2006

Olivo Barbieri's model world

Did you see Boing Boing's link (UPDATE: they now also have a link to a Japanese webpage with astonishing examples of this "modeling" technique) to a site with work by a photogropher named Olivo Barbieri? His pictures "look uncannily like hyperdetailed models, absent the imperfections of reality. Streets are strangely clean, trees look plastic. He achieves the distinctive look by photographing from a helicopter using a tilt-shift lens".

The results are real scenes that look like miniature sets.

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

A neon graveyard, Las Vegas

The Coliseum, Rome


Anonymous said...

Um... is this real? Because those really DO look like models rather than full-scale buildings. Nice blog, btw.

Chris said...

It is real. That look is achieved through a special focusing technique or something.

I'm glad you like the blog ;)