Have you ever fantasized about living on a film set? All the buildings would be freshly painted and cool, the passersby blandly beautiful, the streets clean and free of the rank stink of garbage. But to dream of such a life is to willfully ignore a fact of its reality: the buildings on set are often flat facades, non-functioning, two-dimensional stand-ins for the real thing.
French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy explored this idea of real life meshing with movie set for his latest photo project, Facades (spotted via Feature Shoot). Gaudrillot-Roy’s manipulated photos depict a surreal universe in which buildings have no purpose, and the large flattened walls loom eerily over cars and pedestrians — the lone freakish elements in an otherwise unremarkable landscape. As the photographer puts it, each place, a composite of multiple locations, offers “a vision of a unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, with looks as the only refuge.”
Take a trip through the unfinished neighborhoods below, then breathe a relieved sigh of thanks to the three other walls surrounding you.