Reminiscing on his childhood, Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg has inserted popular elements from the Star Wars franchise into modern urban landscapes by using forced perspective to turn his childhood toys into realistic additions to his black-and-white photos. To do this, he used different focal lengths to shoot the real life shots and 5-inch toys so that they matched perspectives and angles. In an interview with PetaPixel, Dagg went into detail about his approach:
“I ended up shooting all the toys etc on neutral grey so I could take the shadows and blend it in using soft light or overlay modes. It would only really work if the seamless ended up being the perfect density, but it saved me so much time painting in shadows etc.”
“Shooting them imperfectly was actually rather freeing,” he explains. “I’d pull my phone out of my pocket and shoot the scene super quickly a few times in order to get what my natural ‘snapshot’ imperfect framing that I’d then match with my camera.”
“I wanted to feel like these could actually happen,” he adds. “Since in my head at 8 they definitely did.