3D Polar Projection Photos: 18 Surreal Stereographic Pictures

Get ready to have someone spin your world around and perhaps turn it upside down – or even inside out. Wee planets, tiny worlds, little Earths … this art of stereographic photography is known by many names, and the resulting works are never quite the same and rarely less than stunning.

A polar panorama essentially wraps an entire landscape around a theoretical sphere, turning a lush forest vista into a tiny planet of trees or a famous landmark into the sole monument of a little world.

Techniques and styles vary from one photographer to the next and each one brings his or her own vision to the table. These photos by Alexandre Duret-Lutz span the spectrum, taking subjects as simple as a strip of gray pavement at sunset to recognizable works of international architecture, giving the most mundane still life or colorful sweeping landscape a fresh new perspective.

Miniature World at Sunset

Small Earth Compass

Tiny Caged Planet

Eiffel Tower at Dusk

Turkish Curves

Tree Attack

Street Light city

Gray Gothic Revived

Full Flight

Small World After All

Hemispherical Architecture

Paris Streets at Night

Center of the Urban World

Perfection in a Paris Park

World of Trees

Branching Out

The Dark Tower

Notre Dame at Night