On his first visit to the states, Swiss photographer Guy Petro did not expect to see two places that were near-perfect opposites of one another: the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the island of Manhattan in New York. The photographer compiled the images he took in both locations into a three part photo series he calls "Empty, Dense, Merge."

The first part of the series features the photos of the Grand Canyon, a 277-mile-long crater formed by the Colorado River thousands of years ago. "Dense" of course refers to Manhattan, the smallest borough of New York City (geographically) but also the most densely populated. The final portion of the series involves Photoshopped images of the latter into the former. At 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide at some points, the Grand Canyon would swallow the entire island of Manhattan and then some at only 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles wide. The photographer expertly matched lens angles and perspectives and, with a little help from Photoshop, created these seamlessly merged images.

Check out a few of the surreal images above and head over to Petro's website for more about the photo series.

[via TheAtlanticCities]

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