© Aydın Büyüktaş

Buckle up for a visual roller coaster ride.

Erika Owen
March 29, 2017

You may remember Leonardo DiCaprio's hit role in the mind-bending movie "Inception." There are a couple of stand-out scenes where DiCaprio takes some time to teach Ellen Page's character how to twist the landscapes around her while in the "maze." Flipping roads upside down with the power of a thought, transforming streets by moving a set of mirrors, and manipulating the alleyways as they pass — it's all incredibly surreal, something you would never expect to fall upon in real life.

But Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş has brought that feeling a little closer to home by turning simple drone photos into scenes you'd more likely expect from the front seat of a roller coaster.

© Aydın Büyüktaş

© Aydın Büyüktaş

This particular series of brain-warping images goes by the name of Flatlands II. The photos focus on areas around the American Southwest, and document the photographer's second trip to the United States. According to Wired, he traveled 12,000 miles through five states to capture these scenes: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California.

© Aydın Büyüktaş

© Aydın Büyüktaş

This isn't the artist's only foray into turning his universe upside-down (literally). He also has a Parallel Universes series that uses images from his hometown of Istanbul. His work has been on display in galleries and exhibits around the world, including New York and Zurich.

Some of his work also toys with the everyday angles we see in streets around the world — mainly homes and buildings on steep slopes where it seems like gravity decided to take a break for the day. (You can check out shots from the Gravity series on his website.)

© Aydın Büyüktaş

© Aydın Büyüktaş

© Aydın Büyüktaş

Topsy-turvy to say the least, Büyüktaş' work is something thrill-seekers around the world can enjoy, turning an everyday landscape into the stomach-dropping peak of an invisible rollercoaster.

If you want to know more about Büyüktaş and his work, head to his portfolio website.

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