It's official: architecture is now the morphable, mutable subject of choice for surrealist photographers. While Filip Dujardin manipulates images to build structures of physical improbability, photographer Thomas Barbéy, on the other hand, turns familiar cityscapes on their head (or side, for that matter). Barbéy, whose work was just spotlighted on My Modern Met, twists familiar scenes until they're nearly unrecognizable. Inspired by surrealists like M.C. Escher and Rene Magritte, Barbéy's shots peel back structural expectations, reinvigorating now-commonplace skylines, like NYC's Central Park view in the piece "Looking For My Lost Dog in Central Park" (above). It's all done in the darkroom by sandwiching negatives together, which means there is—quelle horreur!—zero Photoshop involved.
In his "Sowing the Seeds of Love," men from the Carnival of Venice float across the Paris skyline.
"Paris, a.k.a. The City of Lights" takes the city's moniker a little literally, even going so far as to put a lampshade on the Eiffel Tower.
· Whimsically Surreal Photo Montages by Thomas Barbéy [My Modern Met]
· Sowing the Seeds of Love [Thomas Barbéy Official Site]
· 'Impossible Architecture' a Spectacular Defiance of Physics [Curbed National]