Urban Disorientation

Continuing on the theme of disorienting reflections in my last post, I began to wonder how this would look in an urban setting. So, I went into Tokyo to give it a try. Below are some photos.

In many urban settings, ceilings are reflective. Turn an image upside down, and it is no longer obvious which way is up. I like the image above, because it it not immediately pbvious that the woman walking below is a reflection. The one above isn’t immediately apparent. The signs begin tomgove clues if you look closely, but not immediately at first glance.


The photo above is similar. It uses reflection off the ceiling and is inverted. The inversion is less obvious, as the letters EDI look rightside up. They are in fact reflected and upiside down.  It just happens that when you invert the letters and show a mirror image, they are legible. Only by looking at the smaller Japanese text can you tell that this is a reflection, if you read Japanese. I love the deceptive, other-wordly nature of this photograph. 

Version 2

The photo above was taken from the mezzanine level of Tokyo Station. I am leaning over the balcony, using the glass fence for the reflection. The glass does not continue to the ground level, which is open so people can walk under the mezzanine. That makes for the appearance of pedestrians half disappearing.


The photo aboves is looking over mezzanine in the opposite direction, creating some interesting symmetry of the architecture. Once again, this is partially disorienting because of the mezzanine reflection that does not continue to the ground. This is not apparent in the background, but you get some hints in the foreground. 
This is one of the first disorienting inverted reflection photos that I look while working on a the View From Below theme a few posts ago. It was this photo that inspired me to take the disorienting landscape photo in my previous post.

Using reflections to create disorientation is nice. Now I want to consider how to create disorientation without using reflections.

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