|Reduced to just their facades, the otherwise unremarkable buildings in
Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy's photographs take on a surreal new quality. The
eerie, sparsely populated pictures appear to play into the French
photographer's self-professed aim of creating "confusion between fiction
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Gaudrillot-Roy has spent a decade producing the digitally manipulated images as part of his ongoing series, "Façades." But while his focus on frontages can be interpreted as a commentary on architecture, he instead wants viewers to share his curiosity about what might lie behind.
"My feeling is like (that of being) a spectator," he said in a phone interview, "as if I was wandering in a city that I could know. But it's not real, as if I was a stranger."Most of the time, you don't go into buildings that you don't know, You don't speak to people you don't know," he added.
Gaudrillot-Roy's creative process begins simply enough: wandering the streets in search of structures that capture his imagination. Having photographed the buildings from a variety of angles, he then uses image manipulation software to erase their volumes and digitally extend the backdrops behind.
The result is an almost dystopian vision of urban and suburban scenes -- fictional structures reminiscent of Russia's "Potemkin villages," or fake settlements, that were designed to give the illusion of life and prosperity. By night, when street lamps bathe the flat facades in artificial light, Gaudrillot-Roy's structures come to resemble theater props or an abandoned movie set.I'm really influenced by cinema," he said, admitting that this connection to film was, at first, a happy accident. "I was not thinking about (this) at the beginning, but now that's why I take pictures by night."
Most of the images were taken in the photographer's home city of Lyon, south eastern France, where he co-founded the photography gallery and workshop L'Abat-Jour (or "The Lampshade").
Others were shot in Montreal, Canada, or around the Swiss town of Porrentruy, where he recently completed an artist residency.
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