Corner Symmetry by Zsolt Hlinka

Photographer Zsolt Hlinka creates imaginary places out of real architectural forms. His latest series called Corner Symmetry features intersecting buildings in Budapest that have been split in half and mirrored in the center of the composition. Unlike the photo series by Gustav Willeit, his pictures have perfect symmetry.

The Hungarian photographer and printmaker captures some of his home city of Budapest’s most stunning buildings, manipulating them to make them appear as if they are perfectly symmetrical when viewed from the corner. The result produces an extreme perspective of a stunning cityscape, where the top of the structures are angled at 45 degrees. Because of this, it seems like we’re viewing them through a fisheye lens—but it’s really a meticulously crafted digital collage.

Corner Symmetry expands on Hlinka’s earlier project called Urban Symmetry. For that series, he digitally manipulated straight-on views of buildings to create harmonious reflections against similarly monochromatic backgrounds.

“My Corner Symmetry series takes the ideas from Urban Symmetry, and brings them one step forward. The buildings taken out of their usual environments return, but this time in a much more dynamic and lively form. Staticness is taken over by movement, and the boundary of reflections is sharper and more pronounced thanks to the corners.

In the new series, buildings keep more of their surroundings with them, so the illusion becomes even more realistic: however, no matter which side of these familiar looking buildings do we start our inspection first, we will always end up on the same points.

The homogene sky with beautiful colors is still one of the trademarks of these photographs, which invite their viewers to a new surrealistic journey to the beautiful buildings of Budapest.”