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Orthographic panoramas

Orthographic panoramas: a self-developed technique for seemingly ordinary street images composed of hundreds of fragments of photographs. 

The idea of orthographic panoramas originated when I was walking through a street in Myanmar where each house was different, which is something exceptional in the Netherlands. I wanted to capture the diversity, but taking a picture of the street itself did not get that across. It was then that I started experimenting with sequences of photographs. During the three months I spent in Los Angeles in 2005, I discovered, explored and developed the technique of the orthographic panorama.  

An orthographic panorama is created by moving the camera linearly while taking a series of photos along the route. For example, it can show the houses on a street, making it seem as if at every point of the picture you were looking straight at them. Consequently, there are many vanishing points in a single panorama. 


There is no software to produce this, because the depth and perspective of the different pictures cannot be joined. A tree or car in front of a house will ‘move’ in relation to the house once the camera angle is changed. My orthographic panoramas are therefore made up of hundreds of fragments, all of which have been ‘cut out’ separately and then reassembled in a, so it seems, correct way. This technique is very laborious and is used by hardly anyone else in the world. The panoramas are razor-sharp and several metres long.

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Monywa, Myanmar, 2003. My first fascination of the variety of architecture in one street, and my frustration of not knowing how to capture that... 


Caroll Canal Walk Los Angeles - orthographic panorama by Josje-Marie Vrolijk

Caroll Canal Walk


Los Angeles, California, USA, May 15, 2005

Orthographic panorama 

Lambdaprint on Dibond

30 x 400 cm (in 2 parts) - 2006

Edition is limited to a maximum of 10


Olympic Avenue


Los Angeles, California, USA, April 29, 2005

Orthographic panorama 

Lambdaprint on Dibond

20 x 330 cm (in 2 parts) - 2006

Edition is limited to a maximum of 10