Richard Silver has travelled much around the globe. He has visited the 7 New Wonders of the World and other famous landmarks across the continents. He is a photographer by profession and he uses that skill to share his passion for traveling with every image he takes in his sojourns. As a true artist, he not only mirrors the places through his images, but adds a personal statement to each piece. Instead of shooting traditional pictures, he uses the tilt-shift technique to depict the landmark places his unique way. This process transforms the various locations from around the world to appear as if they were miniature models. It contains photos from iconic locations such as the Machu Picchu, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Palm Islands in Dubai, the great Roman Coliseum the Great Wall of China, Teotihuacan in Mexico to world renowned events such as the New York City Marathon and the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Why create the illusion? “People always ask me, How do I make people look so small or why do I make people look so small? Simple, we are!” say Silver. For him, we have to constantly remind ourselves that we are part of a much larger world than we realize. To get the miniature diorama look, he shot regular photographs and then used a faux shallow depth-of-field effect on the images during post work with Photoshop. He says digital manipulation affords him a lot of creative freedom, especially with this project.
Silver shares some of his thoughts in his website,
“My primary goal as an artist and as a person is to photograph the world as I travel in an effort to savor and share my life experiences. I enjoy having the power to transform the commonplace day into something that is unique and memorable. By employing techniques such as Tilt Shift, HDR, Vertical Panoramas and Time Slice, this allows me to grow as a photographer while exposing our everyday world in an altered visual context.
Ultimately I am driven by exploration and discovery which my photography affords me the opportunity to travel the globe translating the visceral into the visual. By sharing my perspective with others I aim not only to present a photograph but also a lens into my feelings and outlook in a particular moment. Photography and travel may as well be one word to me. My goal as an artist is to “X” off as many places around the world until I run out of places or run out of time.”
See the photos from Silver at his website.