Crush | Lauren Marsolier |

Thursday, May 29, 2014













This is the biggest crush I have had in awhile. I would even go so far as to say it was love at first sight when I saw the work of Lauren Marsolier. I am usually one for as "lightly edited as possible" photography. But her work is so intentional, so precise, so artistic, that even though I knew there was something surreal about these photos I was admittedly surprised to find out that they are compilations of images taken at separate locations, at different time periods, and then digitally altered, layered and blended "until the real and the fabricated become a seamless composition." There are so many elements that I love, that intrigue me, and left me bestirred immediately. The color palettes augment both the sparseness and minimalism of her sceneries as well as bring warmth and give them life. They also have the quality of abandonment that I am so often drawn to in photography as well as, and now that I know her process it clearly makes sense, a feeling of design. I also love the sense of being suspended in time. But these are just my interpretation, you can read about her work and process here. And the fact that she includes the Gestalt shift in her explanation of her work, strikes right at my 'minor in philosophy' heart and give an entirely new layer to her work. So many layers! I am really looking forward to her book, Transition, coming out in July. 

9 comments:

  1. These pictures kind of remind me of the Prada Marfa exhibit, love it!

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  2. These are beautiful. The minimalism and high key tones really appeal to me. After reading your description, I went back and looked again, and it seems that in the first few you can definitely tell that she's blending photos. As you scroll down, less obvious.

    It's a funny thing about editing. I tend to prefer clean edits too. I'm a realist when it comes to photography, I guess. But as I've grown in my own journey as a photographer, I've grown to love creative edits. I doubt I'll ever go this far, but I've come to appreciate this kind of work more.

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  3. Oh wow, I realized that there was something about the photographs, but I wouldn't have thought there was so much digital work involved in the process. I am also for as lightly edited as possible photography, but these are too artistic not to be in complete awe with the result.

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  4. i felt that there's something with each photos but couldn't explain what. i didn't even realise they were the blend of some pictures from different places and different time. so crazy! brilliantly crazy

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  5. these are stunning and so surreal.
    they definitely have a chirico feel. thanks for sharing christine!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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  6. At times, I couldn't tell if I was looking at a photograph or a painting. I really like the one with the carousel the most. Something so haunting about it.

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  7. I thought there was something a little off (in a good way) about these photos and now that you explained some of her process it makes sense.
    p.s. loved that link to gestalt shift, and am a fan of that.
    xo Mary Jo

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  8. Like Santa, I wasn't sure whether these were paintings or photos. There is a very slight softness to each one that instantly relaxes you. Beautiful find! x

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  9. fantastic. I can see how this was like love at first sight!!!

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