Stuffed with animals, flipped inside out or set a flame, the houses in Chéhère's digitally altered photographs seem to capture an entire fairy tale. The viewer is tasked not only to imagine how the house came to be airborne, but also where it's heading and who's living inside.
The surreal series was inspired by the houses of Paris' poorer neighborhoods as well as the aesthetics of movies like "The Red Balloon" by Albert Lamorisse and "Howl's Moving Castle" by Hayao Miyazaki channeling the ethereal visions of the filmmakers.
One of my favorite pictures is the "Circus", inspired by a circus at the polluted highway in the North of Paris. A dwarf dressed as a clown is trying to light a cigarette on the snowy roof. The picture in its composition is also a tribute to Fellini's movie "La Strada" and the angel in Wim Wender's movie "The Wings of desire".
|Nature Morte/ Still Life|
|Le ligne qui sèche/ The linon which dries|
|Le cirque/ Circus|
|Le Ballon Rouge/ The Red balloon|
|Trace au mur/ On the wall|
|Le Petit Journal|
|Show must go on|
copyright of all pictures by Laurent Chéhère