One of the best parts of movies is imagining to set foot right into our favourite scenes. And that’s exactly what Englishman Thomas Duke does, one perfectly lined up photo after the other.
Thomas Duke is a film lover and a photographer who has found a unique way to merge his two passions together. He travels around the world looking for the locations of some of the most iconic movie scenes and places a still picture from said movie to merge it perfectly with the existing place. This ongoing project is called Stepping Through Film and it has garnered attention even from the Academy itself, which follows Thomas on his Instagram page.
"I've always adored film and loved everything about it. I used to visit London a lot for many, many years as I attended film premieres and events as a fan. I always had my camera!," Thomas told Lonely Planet on how he started the Stepping Through Film project. "So the two went hand-in-hand; I love film, I love creating and most importantly I love exploring."
Thomas says that he always has a list of movies he’d like to feature in mind, and once he decided which one to tackle next his process is not much complicated – he prints the photo and heads out on his way. Once he’s on location, taking the perfect shot requires "a fair bit of time" and "lots of strange looks from people" when he has to lie on the ground or in a very strange position to get the alignment of the movie scene just right.
"I’ve sometimes seen people post [pictures of me] online and mention how they weren’t sure what I was doing," Thomas said. "But then they saw the film and understood the passion behind it all!"
To Thomas, the most fascinating part of the Stepping Through Film project is exploring and examining each country’s culture and differences down to the very small details, and learning insider’s knowledge on the filming production that have visited certain places. "Locals always have the most insight into a certain production," he said. "So that’s always nice to hear."
If you’d like to keep up with Thomas Duke’s Stepping Through Film project, you can find his Instagram page here.