By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

Check Out These Mind-Bending Photos Inspired By ‘Inception.’

Istanbul, Turkey is an amazingly complex city, the kind with tiny streets that are absolutely packed with architecture that ranges in influence from western European to Asian to postmodern design sensibilities. As such, it's the perfect subject for a photographer like Aydin Büyüktaş, who took images of Istanbul and turned them on their heads -- literally.

Büyüktaş has transformed iconic Istanbul sights like the Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet Square into mind-boggling visual experiences, distorting the viewer's perspective of distance, time, and space. Using drone photography and 3D distortion software, the artist has created images that are simultaneously a testament to the manmade architectural excellence, and also look completely out of this world. See the images from the "Flatland" series below.

"We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories" the artist said in an interview. "Places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise."

Each of the digital landscapes was meticulously pieced together using a combination of drone photography and 3D software.

His images make Istanbul appear to warp itself according to the viewer's imagination.

Even human beings look otherworldly in Büyüktaş' photos.

One thing is certain: These gravity-defying images give the viewer a totally new perspective, drawing an interesting parallel to a city that's thousands of years old.

Source: Design Boom