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.