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Artist Manipulates Landscapes To Create Eye-Catching, Dreamlike Photos
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 May 2016
Browse through architect Laurent Rosset’s photos on his Instagram account ‘l_o_r_y’ and you might find yourself doing a double take.
The self-declared dreamer and perfectionist manipulates sceneries in his latest project ‘The Sky is Flat’, featuring edited visuals that transport viewers into a fantasy world where water defies gravity and the ground goes topsy-turvy.
“Inspiration is everyone and everything for me. Social media, blogs, movies, books, dreams…everything inspires creativity. I like to see what other artists create, even when it’s [a] completely different style from mine,” Rosset shared in an email to DesignTAXI.
Every image begins with Rosset asking himself, what if? He elaborates, “Gravity, scale of places, colors, weather conditions, landscapes, fun…these are the ingredients I like to play with in my photo manipulations. I like to play with dreams and with what makes people smile, these are probably the engines of creating surreal images. It’s never about escaping from reality but it’s about looking at it [from another] perspective.”
“Photo manipulation for me is something that looks like reality. [That’s perhaps my main challenge] when editing a picture. I like to create something immediately [eye-catching] but that makes people say, ‘Oh wait a second’ and then they start to observe the picture more, look at the details and understand what’s really going on. Details are the most challenging part because they make the whole picture [work].”
Preview some of Rosset’s initial photos in this series below and follow him via Instagram account ‘l_o_r_y’ for updates. Rosset is also behind the LoryStripes app, which enables users to add 3D ribbons and stripes to photos, available for download on iTunes.
Similar works that we’ve previously featured include Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş’s ‘Flatland’, Tagi Muhammad’s fantasy images created solely via iPhone apps and Indonesian graphic designer Jati Putra Pratama’s Inception-like visuals.
[via Laurent Rosset, images featured with permission]
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