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Inspiration: Égarements and Quotidien by Cerise Doucède

By Lauri L. on January 18th 2013

Égarements and Quotidien are two projects by French photographer Cerise Doucède in which she creates mysterious moments where inanimate objects come to life in a whirlwind of chaos. Each image in her collection is more exciting and unexpected than the next. The portraits feature serious, contemplative subjects who look sad and disconnected from their physical environments, but who appear pleasantly lost in exciting and extraordinary daydreams that provide momentary escape from the otherwise boring reality of present life.

It takes three days to attach the objects to string and to set up one scene. When speaking about her work, Doucede says, “I look for the decisive moment when the person in the photo starts to think about something else. And, at a particular moment, the dream takes over and then the whole décor surrounding the person comes to life.” Doucede’s work is a confusing blur between fact and fantasy, and she purposefully leaves the thin string visible in the photographs because she says, “Otherwise it’s just a fictional or fantastical photo and I didn’t want that. I wanted a connection between reality and fiction.”


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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

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  2. Terry Reed

    I keep coming back to these photos.  I wish I could see them in real life, large and blazing color … and motion.  

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  3. Terry Reed

    Unleashing the imagination – it’s both real and surreal.  It’s like, “yes, this COULD happen” (ok, so it’d be in an alternate reality, but big deal, that does not mean they don’t exist – here’s proof!)  I LIKE! Ahhh LOT! 

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