Many of the world's most treasured tourist attractions are more familiar to us as photographs than as real, physical forms. Yet these kaleidoscopic images from photographer Søren Ragsdale originally featured on Laughing Squid throw the tourist photo for a 360-degree loop.
Ragsdale's Flickr collection, entitled "Our World Unwrapped," takes the monuments we all know and morphs them into dizzying architectural mandalas. To make the images Ragsdale, a "TD" or technical drawing expert at Sony Pictures Imageworks, digitally added photographs onto a globe and projected the image onto a flat map, ending up with a trippy reverse-snow globe effect that will leave you as dazzled as you are disoriented. Don't you wish your travel photo albums could look like this?
Check out the pictures below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
A view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
Space Shuttle Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
Christmas at the Berlin Cathedral. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
The interior of the Louvre in Paris. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
Space Shuttle VAB. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
A shot of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Courtesy of Søren Ragsdale.
via Laughing Squid.