Photos: A Miniaturized Look at the High Line

Photographer Ben Thomas’ playful tilt-shift cityscapes visually evoke miniature scale models. Here, at 30 feet above the street on the High Line, the camera’s gaze looks east toward the intersection of West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue.

One of our favorite ways to stay updated on park life from the office is by skimming through the High Line Flickr Pool. Hundreds of talented professional photographers and aspiring amateurs have shared their images of park visitors and the High Line’s architecture, horticulture, and the cityscape beyond.

One recent contributor, Ben Thomas, caught our eye with his tilt-shift photographs, which trick the eye to make the High Line, and the views from it, look like miniature scale models.

As part of his Cityshrinker project, Melbourne-based photographer Ben Thomas visited New York last summer where he captured these incredible images of the High Line and surrounding neighborhood.

Seemingly small visitors enjoying a sunny day in the 10th Avenue Square earlier this year. Photo by Ben Thomas.

Using a variety of photographic techniques to produce a “tilt-shift” effect, normal scenery and passers-by are visually shrunken. Taxis look like toy cars, people resemble plastic figurines, and buildings and trees look like features in a child’s play set. These images immediately invoke feelings of curiosity, playfulness, and childhood nostalgia.

Read more about Ben’s project and see photos of other cities he's visited.

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