A new photography book has been published that features a collection of images documenting New York City in a truly unique way, transforming it into a magical, miniature universe through the use of tilt-shift photography.Created by Belgian photographer Jasper Leonard, New York Resized showcases the city from above through a series of shots taken from observatories, bridges, planes and helicopters, as well as from the top of buildings. The style is distinct, with the photographer using a special tilt-shift lens made with a piece of folded rubber that changes the characteristic sharpness in areas of the images, and as a result, realistic scenes of cityscapes look like miniature models.Jasper took over thirteen thousand images for the project, covering locations in Coney Island, Long Island City and Brooklyn, with the majority of the images being taken in Manhattan.

The Small Apple: see NYC as a miniature wonderland in tilt-shift series

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  • New York Resized portrays the city as a miniature universe. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    New York Resized portrays the city as a miniature universe. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • The series was created using a tilt-shift lens to create the distinct look and feel for the project. A photograph taken from Queensboro Bridge. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    The series was created using a tilt-shift lens to create the distinct look and feel for the project. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • A photograph taken from Queensboro Bridge. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    A photograph taken from Queensboro Bridge. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • A tilt-shifted scene of New York City taken from above. Image by Jasper Leonard
    A tilt-shifted scene of New York City taken from above.
  • The project saw Jasper taking over thirteen thousand photographs. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    The project saw Jasper taking over thirteen thousand photographs. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • Grand Central Station in New York City. Image by Jasper Leonard
    Grand Central Station in New York City. Image by Jasper Leonard
  • A photograph of bustling New York City taken during the daytime. The project saw Jasper taking over thirteen thousand photographs. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    A picture of bustling New York City taken during the daytime. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • A rooftop pool in New York. Image by Jasper Leonard.
    A rooftop pool in New York. Image by Jasper Leonard.
  • The book follows two similar projects called Belgium Resized and Antwerp Resized. Image by Jasper Leonard
    The book follows two similar projects called Belgium Resized and Antwerp Resized. Image by Jasper Leonard
  • The Coney Island Cylone in New York City. Image by Jasper Leonard
    The Coney Island Cylone in New York City. Image by Jasper Leonard
  • Jasper’s interests in tilt-shift photography began in 2010, while he was doing a Master’s thesis. Image by Jasper Leonard
    Jasper’s interests in tilt-shift photography began in 2010, while he was doing a Master’s thesis. Image by Jasper Leonard
  • The project saw Jasper taking aerial shots from helicopters, planes, bridges, observatories and the top of buildings. Image by Jasper Leonard
    The project saw Jasper taking aerial shots from helicopters, planes, bridges, observatories and the top of buildings. Image by Jasper Leonard
  • An aerial shot of New York. Image by Jasper Leonard
    An aerial shot of New York. Image by Jasper Leonard

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