Macro Photos of Entire Cityscapes Captured Within a Single Drop of Rainwater

Photographer Dusan Stojancevic depicts metropolises contained within tiny droplets of rainwater. For the past 15 years, he has revealed minuscule cityscapes that hide in the beads of liquid. Towering buildings, expansive bridges, and glittering lights are reflected in the tiny dots sitting on metallic surfaces. They’re visually divorced from the actual piece of architecture they’re echoing and instead offer a surreal look into seemingly alien worlds.

Stojancevic’s photographs are of places across the globe, with an emphasis on New York City. His trip to the Big Apple represents the current peak of his project, but it first began with just a photo from his window in Serbia. After discovering its magic, he honed his craft. “I kept this technique and photos away from public,” he writes, “as I wanted to show it to the world first. And what a better way to do it with the greatest city in the world, New York!”

Most of the raindrop photos are digital images, although some are shot on film. Regardless of the media, however, each is captured using a macro technique and completed without the manipulation of Photoshop. “That is why it has flaws in sharpness and a lot of blur,” Stojancevic points out, “but that is something that gives some kind of artistic touch to it.”

Above: Manhattan, New York City

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Ada Bridge, Belgrade

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

T.C. Usce, Belgrade

Grand Central Station, New York City

Church of Saint Sava, Belgrade

National Library, New York City

National Assembly, Belgrade

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Empire State Building, New York City

Genex Tower, Western gate of Belgrade

Empire State Building, New York City

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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