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Life was so much simpler in 2-D. Move right, jump, duck, jump again. You knew where you were going. Now that we can move in three dimensions there are just far too many choices and mistakes to be made; it’s little wonder we all spend so much time staring at our flat smartphone screens instead of looking at the real world around us.

Swedish photographer Christian Aslund is evidently a man who appreciates the simplicity of old-school side-scrolling platform games. These photos, taken from his “Honkey Kong”series (name after the city in which the photos were taken and with a nod to classic platformer Donkey Kong), show us what happens when you approach seemingly ordinary urban scenes from an unusual angle and with a little creativity.

During his visit to Hong Kong, Christian spent a lot of time up high taking photos of the cityscape from the roof of the building in which he was staying. After receiving a commission from shoe brand Jim Rockey, Christian set to work with his telephoto lens, taking birds-eye view photos of his subjects traversing the streets below as if against a flat background. The effect is nothing short of wonderful.

▼ Danger below

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▼Tightrope walking…

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▼ Just chillin’

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▼ This one reminds us of a giant, rotating wheel of platforming death.

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▼Giant, opening doors?

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▼Climbin’

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It’s only when we catch sight of people standing upright and going about their day that we realise that our brains have been tricked into seeing the image differently. Respect must also be given to Christian’s subjects who manage to make their poses look so incredibly natural.

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▼Hang on there, fella! It’s a long way down.

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▼ “A little help?”

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You can check out more from Christian’s complete portfolio right here. We can’t wait to see what he’ll dream up next.

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Source: HongWrong