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Dizzying Architectural Illusions Are Geometric Windows To The Soul

By Hanssie on September 30th 2014

Channeling the paintings of Dutch graphic artist, M.C. Esher, the following images are vertigo inducing pieces that have been torn down to its foundation and rebuilt in a dizzying array of windows, walls and shapes.

Berlin-based fine art photographer, Markus Studtmann has created a mind-bending series of architectural illusions that he calls “Painting with Light.” Turning architectural photography on its side, Studtmann “decompos[es] and reassembl[es] images in order to reduce them to their essential geometry and amplifying their perceived mood.” He then takes these images and “repaints” them in the digital darkroom and molds them into his artistic impressions and vision.

Markus has a background in philosophy, psychology and neurobiology and has his PhD in psychology. His research focuses on the perception and facial expression of emotions and his work seems to carry over in the photographic dismantling of the buildings to their very core. In the 20 years of his photographic career, Studtmann has completed projects on dancing emotions and urban landscapes. He recently has turned his focus on architecture and abstract compositions. 


The resulting images are disorienting and hypnotic and a little reminiscent of my last nauseating bout with vertigo (but much more enjoyable).



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To see more of Markus Studtmann’s work, visit his website and follow him on Facebook.

CREDIT: Photographs by Markus Studtmann are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via Illusion]



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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kate Hailey

    These are fabulous, love the complexity of the compositions for sure.

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  2. Christopher

    these are amazing and mind bending … i love the small balloon in the second to last photo .. it puts the building in context in terms of size and ads a little colorful interest to the image.

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