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Tilt-Shift Flânerie: Miniature View, Globalscape

The recent adaptation of tilt-shift photography by digital technology has produced a fascinating optical illusion that makes film captures of real landscapes appear as if they are fake miniatures – an animated tilt-shift flânerie that encapsulates cities into toy-like visions of themselves, using time-lapse photography to create the effect of stop-motion animation. This sophisticated reimagining of 19th-century postcards utilizes early 20th-century innovations in aerial photography to create a radical shift in scale – both visual and temporal – that results in startling alterations in perception and a new phenomenology of seeing. The confluence of micro and macro perception into one animated image challenges the human perception of time and space in a way that mirrors modernization and globalization. Tilt-shift flânerie also, as this article argues, echoes changes in global perspective that encourage greater cosmopolitan awareness and the reworking of cultural and national boundaries in line with a postmodern erosion of the monocular eye and universal vision. It results in an enhanced spatial perspective that allows us, like Alice in Wonderland, to scale ourselves to an unexpected new relationship with the world, inscribing individuals into a landscape that fits energetically, tilting and shifting, into the eye of the beholder.

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Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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