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Flying Houses

Photography is a constantly evolving art form. We see it changing almost daily. With the advancement of technology, and programs like Photo Shop, photographers are able to manipulate “everyday” elements into something extraordinary within minutes. Laurent Chehere is one such photographer. The Parisian set out to capture some “outlying neighborhoods in 2007, hoping to ‘show their hidden beauty by getting them out from the anonymity of the streets.’” What resulted is a magical transformation, as see in the picture above. Not only did Laurent take the buildings completely out of their element, he held them beautifully in a colorful expanse.

After photographing the buildings, Laurent would begin working on them extensively in Photo Shop. His main objective became fully realized by sculpting “narratives for the buildings, often inspired by the plots of films, such as The Red Balloon and La Strada.” Laurent uses a Canon EOS 5D mark II when he is shooting.  When he was done shooting over 100 images which were “typically in the same area, in the same light, he would sit down and make careful composites.” He was actually able to use the skies taken from the background of the original pictures. From there, he began to interweave his own imagination into the images, while still staying true to the “skeleton” of the images. There are a total of 18 photos in the series which are being compiled into a book set to be published this year. He also had a show that opened on November 1 at New York City’s Muriel Guepin Gallery.  Below are a few of my personal favorites…


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