Lonely Planet Writer

Incredible macro photography shows cities captured in tiny water drops

A photographer has shared a truly remarkable project that depicts different structures from famous cities all around the world in tiny water droplets.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbull.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbull. Image by Dusan Stojancevic
The Empire State building in New York.
The Empire State building in New York. Image by Dusan Stojancevic

The images were taken by Dusan Stojancevic, a Serbian photographer who has spent the last 15 years on the unique project. The series features a selection of iconic sites reflected in tiny water beads, with destinations such as the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Church of Saint Sava in Belgrade and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona being recognisable.

The Saint Sava Church in Belgrade.
The Saint Sava Church in Belgrade. Image by Dusan Stojancevic
Grand Central Station in New York.
Grand Central Station in New York. Image by Dusan Stojancevic

“The raindrops are actually made by me artificially. I do it in a chaotic way so that it looks genuine. Outdoor weather conditions make it hard. That is why some of the photos are more blurred, but that is photography and you take it in that particular moment. You can always make something technically better, but it’s not the same feeling,” Dusan told Lonely Planet News.

The Eastern Gate of Belgrade.
The Eastern Gate of Belgrade. Image by Dusan Stojancevic
The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Image by Dusan Stojancevic

The project first started when the photographer took a picture from his window and had the idea to hone his technique. “When I started, macro photography was something new to me but I really liked it. Water drops were so captivating to me. I tried a few different things and the project began. I do it now from time to time when I travel and have the time, but I do a different type of photography and cinematography for a living,” he said.

The National Assembly in Belgrade.
The National Assembly in Belgrade. Image by Dusan Stojancevic
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Image by Dusan Stojancevic

By using job opportunities and vacations to do work for the project, Dusan has managed to photograph places such as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the Empire State building while on trips. “They are some of the most remarkable structures in those places, so I decided to visit them,” he said.

The Guggenheim in New York.
The Guggenheim in New York. Image by Dusan Stojancevic
Ada Bridge in Belgrade.
Ada Bridge in Belgrade. Image by Dusan Stojancevic

At the moment Dusan is selling the photographs and plans to put on an exhibition when he has more diverse pictures for the collection. “I would like to capture more structures in Kyoto, Easter Island, London, Paris, Egypt and Latin America. They are all the same when you think about how small we are in those droplets.”