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Dubai's Skyline Just Became a Landscape Painting

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The skyline of Dubai is laden with superlatives. The city is not only home to the tallest building in the world, the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa, but also the tallest residential building, the tallest office tower, and the tallest hotel (plus many supertalls that will never be completed). The work of Dubai-based amateur photographer Daniel Cheong seems a perfect match for a city so defined by its looming towers. Through a technique he calls "digital blending," the Mauritius-born telecom consultant (and frequent flyer) creates images where Dubai's gleaming skyscrapers appear to be nestled in the clouds. The results are downright celestial looking, with the lighted spires of the colossal structures infusing the fluffy clouds with color. "This slight element of the surreal, or hyper-reality often found in painting, is what I am trying to achieve," Cheong says. "I find the city most appealing when it is shot from the highest vantage points."

· Daniel Cheong photography [official site]
· Dubai Skyscrapers Form Celestial Cityscape in Daniel Cheong's Aerial Captures [Design Boom]
· All Artistry posts [Curbed National]