Surreal Photographic Landscapes by Laurent Rosset
At its core, photography captures a moment in time; a real moment that has been frozen for eternity. For Laurent Rosset, the process of capturing a scene on film is a little bit different.
Instead of pulling together snippets of life in frozen frames, Rosset creates surreal landscapes that are warped. In some, roads sweep upwards at impossible angles, while in others upside-down worlds cast an unreal slant to an otherwise common scene.
Laurent Rosset, an architect and digital artist, uses his own photography to piece together unrealistic scenes. His motivation? To show viewers how even the slightest of manipulations can change the entire composition of a photograph, and completely change ideas and feelings towards a piece. Rosset enjoys playing with his photographs, altering just one element here and there to create new worlds entirely.
Rosset’s passion for photography began when he was young. “I was attracted by the fact that photography can transform every moment into something eternal,” he says, adding that he envisions what a scene could look like every time he glances through the peek-hole of his camera.
It is in the editing stages that Rosset’s work really comes into its own. “I try to bring the possibilities of dreams in everyday situations, making my pictures the key to enter in a new adventure,” he says. And it is clear to see the swirling hint of dreams in his pieces, whether it is through the soft use of colour or the surreal compositions.
For Rosset, his pieces are all about adventure. To him, they act as a portal into a dream, transforming mundane and painfully ordinary situations into something extraordinary.
And he has chosen the medium of photography carefully. “I like how photography makes people look around themselves,” Rosset says, adding that he enjoys creating images that show something more than just a picture or a scene.
For inspiration, Rosset looks at everything around him. “Social media, blogs, movies, books, dreams,” are all on his list for inspiring ideas. “I guess that ideas are one of the most powerful viruses for people,” he adds. “Once you know something or you see something you will have that idea in your mind.”
You can almost see the workings of Rosset’s brain in his pieces, where the human form meets natural elements like the sea or the open countryside. It is clear that there is so much more going on in each image that simply a snapshot of a scene that has been taken to capture a moment. Look closely at Rosset’s work for longer than a few seconds, and all sorts of ideas and theories start to pop out of the frame.
And when it comes to the process behind his pieces, it is all about playful fun for Rosset. “Gravity, scale of places, colours, weather conditions, landscapes, fun, curiosity… I like to play with these ingredients in my photo.”
At the end of it all, looking past the medium of photography and the subjects on display, Laurent Rosset wants viewers to ask the big question: what if?
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