Ben Thomas is a Melbourne-based photographer who uses the magic of tilt-shift photography to turn sprawling urban landscapes into miniatures in a new series titled, "CityShrinker."

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Effective, right? That is what's great about tilt-shift -- a rotation of the lens plane here and a reorientation of the lens view there, and voila, a small universe has been captured in a single click. Thomas described his work in an e-mail to The Huffington Post:

"The idea of taking some of the world's largest metropolises and showing them in a different way has been a challenge but ultimately a lot of fun. I really enjoy finding the details, the stuff that would ordinarily be lost in the background that you can really bring into focus through this technique. I find it's this detail that reveals the personality of a city."

Scroll through a slideshow of the series below and let us know what you think of the photographic trick in the comments section.

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  • New York City

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • San Francisco

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Tokyo

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Tokyo

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Melbourne

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Paris

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • New York City

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • New York City

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Paris

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • New York City

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Paris

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Melbourne

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

  • Las Vegas

    Photo by <a href="https://twitter.com/cityshrinker">Ben Thomas</a>

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