Texas-based Serbian photographer Nikola Olic approaches urban architecture like a game or a puzzle: by presenting steady, massive structures in a dimensionless and disorienting way.

His images stand out in the otherwise structured and symmetrical world of classic architectural photography. There’s a playful aspect to his work, whether it’s catching a sliver of sky between New York’s Waterside Plaza or clouds reflecting on the facade of an I.M. Pei-designed building in Dallas.

Olic includes short descriptions of each building and pins their locations on a map. “This is intended as demystifying tools essential to abstract photography, reminding that these subjects — beautiful or otherwise — are on every corner, in places we visit and places we live in,” he says. More of Olic’s work on his website and Instagram.

Nikola OlicPhotography © Nikola Olic / with permission