What Happens When A Photographer Takes The Same Photo From A Different Angle

This collection of photographs of majestic landmarks around the world do a great job of just how important framing, perspective and lighting are to a photograph. All of these photo pairs are of the same object, but the changes in perspective can make them seem more or less grand.

A change of perspective can change a lot, which applies just as much to photography as it does to anything else in life. Sure, the Brandenburg gate and Mount Rushmore are majestic when framed the right way, but they can look mundane when they aren’t the central focus of the photograph they’re in.

The Pyramids of Giza

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The AcropolisuIxRboMbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation7D4IgjA

The Arc de TriompheYu4HGNmbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationHXdjyjt

StonehengeTjWAANCbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationkADhqal

Central Park, New York CityQ6GZdHobig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationAEeEc1Z

The Pantheon of Rome8Cd1EOHbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationf6fFtq3

The Forbidden City3R1FiDfbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation5MbyhF0

Niagara FallskWTNYcxbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation8OUh0oR

The Taj Mahalv12hS19big-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationFLKZihF

The Brandenburg GateoAyzdwObig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationEycQWEQ

Mount RushmoreZtlLJVdbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationejeGh9b

Mont St. Michel in FrancePdmCcazbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationP5fudev

The Hollywood Signjeq0LA8big-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationtUrCh5A

Sagrada Familia69uyWIhbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationprlawQ5

St Basil’s CathedralnwI4Bqibig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation7QhHe4b

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Mona LisaKlBbdvabig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationzUFG4Mk-1

Rock of Gibraltar9I7V0L2big-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variationnprr0Al

Little MermaidJqQ5mftbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation8Kwv1YH

The Alamo1IYYxGKbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation1p2QbcC

Las Vegas StripIrYThr6big-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation3vwid6k

The Great Wall of China (which ends abruptly as soon as it reaches the ocean)S66NFwPbig-billboard-quote-Helvetica-font-variation0XN59Jv

Aside from the composition of these images, some of them also show just how misleading photography can be. Most of us probably imagine that the Taj Mahal is surrounded by pristine gardens because it’s always photographed from the same angle. But the squalid garbage dumps behind it tell another tale. Anyone who hasn’t been to Niagara Falls might think that they’re surrounded by a beautiful national forest instead of a series of tall buildings built on the lip of a nearby cliff.

Of course, not all of these photos reduce the landmarks’ grandeur. The Acropolis, the Arc de Triomphe and New York City’s Central Park all arguably look even better or at least look great in a different way in their second photos. The zoomed-out photos of the Acropolis and the Arc only serve to highlight how those landmarks are focal points of their cities.

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