L ooking at Japanese photographer Naoki Honjo's work is like stepping into another existence. The world revealed through Honjo's lens is a miniature version of reality: the sprawling Ocean Park with its Ferris wheel and game booths, for example, becomes a wonderland dotted with Lego-sized constructions. A collection of his stunning pictures is on display at Harbour City's Gallery. Taking unconventional pictures is the artist's passion. 'I have been taking pictures since I was in college. In 2002, I tried to explore various new photographic possibilities with my camera and stumbled upon this technique,' says the 30-year-old Honjo. 'To make big constructions look small, I have to take pictures from on high, like from rooftops and helicopters.' Cityscapes are his main theme. 'I love visiting big cities and capturing their vibrancy and energy through my work,' says Honjo, who has been inspired on visits to cities such as London and New York. 'My favourite picture portrays the beautiful skyline in New York. Hong Kong, with its gleaming skyscrapers and modern structures, is also a great place to take pictures.' The most difficult aspect of Honjo's work is finding the right vantage point. 'After I pick my photographic subjects, I have to seek out the best place for my camera. I have been denied entry to buildings by security personnel who refuse to let me go up to the rooftops,' says Honjo. Being the only artist in Japan who takes pictures using the tilt-shift technique, Honjo was excited by the overwhelming response he got when he first exhibited his works in Japan. 'People were surprised at the images which made real buildings look like miniature models,' he says. Small Planet is on display at Harbour City's Gallery (Level 2, Ocean Centre) until May 18.