Wouter van Buuren: Bird's-Eye View

Wouter van Buuren has been called an acrobat. He climbs to the  top of skyscrapers, transmission towers cranes, and bridges to photograph spherical panoramic images.

Each work consists of more than 100 photographs shot with a standard 50 mm lens. The spherical effect comes about naturally as a result of the way the photographs are put together.

Van Buuren doesn't use any kind of panorama software to create these collages. It is meticulous work. Photo after photo is laid on top of the other to reconstruct the landscape. The end result is not completely smooth:  One can still make out the individual photographs in the large collages, which span 11-by-11 feet. Individual people walking around and other interesting details can be seen in each work (cows can be seen in "Electricity Pylon, Abcoude").

Wouter van Buuren on location in Shanghai, China.

"From above the mundane seemed more divine," says van Buuren of his work. After he photographed his first location in 2005, he described how he was stunned by the beauty of the landscape he thought he knew so well. Van Buuren has traveled all over the world photographing his "Total Landscapes," dedicating one to two  months each year on each collage.

See Wouter van Buuren's work in two upcoming exhibits: "RAW Art Fair" in Rotterdam, Netherlands (Feb. 8-12) and the Art Wynwood in Miami (Feb 16-20). More on these events here.


 High-rise building, Shanghai  • Aug. 4, 2009

Bridge, New York City  • Oct. 30, 2010

High-rise building, Nanjing  • Aug. 6, 2009

Tower crane, Hoogvliet • July 22, 2006

Harbor crane, Amsterdam  • Oct. 10, 2010

Electricity Pylon, Almere  • Feb. 28, 2006

Electricity Pylon, Abcoude • Sept. 15, 2005