Fascinated by geometry and symmetry, Hungarian photographer Zsolt Hlinka highlights the lines, shapes, and patterns of Paris in his striking photos of the French capital. From different vantage points, including street perspectives and bird’s-eye views, Hlinka draws attention to the impressive architectural forms and radial layout of the city. His use of scale, which reduces iconic landmarks to distant figures in one frame, and blows them up into abstract giants in another, presents Paris in a new light that is both intriguing and dizzying.
“The perspective changes in the same way as the onlooker examin[ing] the unknown: first, you see the outline, then you observe the smaller details; you look for systems, networks, junctions, then you notice more and more parts–faces, noises, smells–until you are increasingly involved and merged into the city,” Hlinka says. In his words, his photos “are looking for the system and order in the rhythm of architectural forms. . . just as the artist finds his own place in the unknown by mapping the city.”