You may have taken a few panoramic pics on your iPhone, but these photographs, taken by Randy Scott Slavin, will make you rethink the entire format.
Slavin, a New York City-based director, started taking these amazing 360-degree panoramas for his "Alternate Perspectives" series. He captures the images with a high-resolution camera and a calibrated tripod so he can take hundreds of pictures, which are then stitched together.
"Part of what it means to be a director, at least to me, is to continually be keeping your eyes on things that are new and interesting in camera techniques," Slavin told The Huffington Post.
Slavin first developed his 360-degree technique while trying his hand at panorama photography and found he wasn't pleased with typical 2D landscape photographs. Inspired by of one of his Surrealist heroes, M.C. Escher, Slavin added his own flair.
"If there's one thing that connects [the photographs in the series] besides just the technique itself, it's seeing the world around me in a way that's different than normal," he said.
His series lies somewhere between tiny planet and tunnel photography, Slavin says, merging styles while creating something completely unique.
"For me it's still an art project. Even though I do sell pieces and I've had a lot of recognition for it, it's still an art project," he said. "I like taking photographs and spending time in nature so for me I just add to the collection as often as I possibly can to keep it growing."