This photograph was commissioned by the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was intended to recapture Oxford High Street as it looks now, compared to the oil on canvas by English Romantic painter, J. M. W. Turner, painted in 1810.

The sequence of 5 photographs below illustrates the process by which our photographer David Fisher achieved the end result.

You can compare it to the original Turner painting here.

The photograph is being used to illustrate some principles of perceptual psychology in pictures by Aaron Hertzmann of Adobe, in the Journal of Vision. Take a look at the manuscript, Toward a Theory of Perspective Perception in Pictures. Also very relevant is another of Aaron’s fascinating papers, The choices hidden in photography which discusses photography’s subjective nature and how the choices we have as a photographer are closer to those of a painter than we might think.