Wednesday, April 29, 2015

'ImagineFrance' by Maia Flore

ImagineFrance: A Fantastical Voyage is a photography series by Maia Flore, who is best known for her fantasy photography work, including her critically acclaimed Sleep Elevations series. The 25 photographs featured in the ImagineFrance series are the result of Flore's tour of some of the most memorable places that France has to offer--from the chateau de Versailles to the Pont du Gard and beyond.

But Flore doesn't simply capture these sights with her lens--she transforms them into something wistful, magical, otherworldly, and even somber. The end result is a photograph that speaks to the viewer on a personal level. In her description of ImagineFrance, Martine Ravache aptly describes Flore's photographs as "... an experience, sometimes of the absurd, sometimes of playfulness or mystery, sometimes of light, nature, or adventure. In the end, a sense of freedom gives each of us – whether spectator or visitor—a burning desire to jump in and join this enchanted world."

All of the photographs in the series can be viewed on the official ImagineFrance website. I have selected a few that personally stood out to me to share here.

 image: Chateau de Thoiry
credit: © Maia Flore/VU'/Atout France
 image: Chateau de Haut-Koenigsbourg
credit: © Maia Flore/VU'/Atout France

 image: Conciergerie, Paris
credit: © Maia Flore/VU'/Atout France

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