Panoramic Photos Inside Churches Look Like the Border Between Reality and Fantasy

Peter Li - Architectural Photography

Southwark Cathedral

Award-winning photographer Peter Li is known for his sensational architectural photography, which uses panoramas to enhance already dazzling interiors. Based in London, Li has a particular affinity for cathedrals, which translate well as dramatic imagery.

By paying close attention to symmetry, composition, and lines, Li's work immediately draws viewers in with a rush of emotion. Through his lens, each space bursts with the rich details that build up its overall atmosphere. Interestingly, while Li always had a soft spot for classical architecture, it wasn't until 2015 that he began his foray into architectural photography.

Li credits London for fueling his passion, as the city's myriad styles of architecture leave him with no shortage of inspiration. Whether highlighting modern skyscrapers or a classical interior, there's always something to photograph. A big part of what separates Li from other architectural photographers is his use of panoramas. As a stylistic choice typically employed by landscape photographers, panoramas give a whole new twist on architecture when used effectively.

“Part of the process that attracted me to shooting panoramas is that it enables me to have a vision far beyond what the lens can see,” Li tells My Modern Met. “The fact that we won’t see the final outcome until we stitch the images together is both liberating and fills us with anticipation. This abstract way of observing a three-dimensional space is fascinating, feasting our eyes on the meticulously sculpted décor and state of the art craftsmanship from floor to ceiling or wall to wall.”

In this way, Li sees his work as part fantasy and part reality. Seeking inspiration from paintings, movies, and games, Li's flair for the dramatic shines through in his photographs, which certainly invites viewers to join in his fantasy world.

Architectural photographer Peter Li take panoramic photos that give a dazzling perspective on classical and contemporary architecture.

Peter Li - Architectural Photography

Jack Frost

The Blue Whale

The Blue Whale

Peter Li - Architectural Photography

Royal Albert

Panoramic Architecture Photography by Peter Li


Peter Li - Architectural Photography


Based in London, Li is particularly fond of photographing the interiors of grand cathedrals.

Church interiors by Peter Li


Peter Li - Architectural Photography


Panos of Church Interiors by Peter Li


Photo of St. Paul's Dome by Peter Li

St. Paul's, dome


Peter Li - Architectural Photography

Grand Cross


Next: See more of Peter Li's surreal architectural photography.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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