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Suspended in Time - Magical Photography Art


This one looks like he's suspended in front of the case.  Hyper Nº03, 2007 © Denis DarzacqThis one looks like he's suspended in front of the case. Hyper Nº03, 2007 © Denis Darzacq

Have you ever taken a photograph and captured it at just the right time so it came out to be a pretty amusing picture? French photographer Denis Darzacq does just that – perfect timing so that subjects in the image look like they are caught in mid-air.

This guy looks like he's walking on air.  Hyper Nº13, 2007 © Denis DarzacqThis guy looks like he's walking on air. Hyper Nº13, 2007 © Denis Darzacq

All of his images photograph real moments in time, with nothing tampered with or Photoshopped. His images show the connection between a surreal world and the shopping experience.

Oh man, that's gonna hurt. Hyper Nº15,2007 © Denis DarzacqOh man, that's gonna hurt. Hyper Nº15,2007 © Denis Darzacq

In an interview by The Independent, Darzacq says, “You could say that this is a meditation on being and having. These photographs were taken in aggressive, garish hypermarkets, with names like Attac and King Kong. I was interested in showing bodies of young people, as if imprisoned in the aisles of consumer goods. I asked them to perform the actions that they might perform in their sporting activities or dances. At the peak of the action, I asked them to relax all their muscles at once to give the impression that they were floating or flying through the air.”

"The images have a political meaning, if you like. They ask questions about a society in which we are expected to define ourselves by what we have – what house, what car, what clothes, what shampoo – rather than by what we are. But they should also work at another level, as surprising and beautiful images that a child of eight could enjoy as much as a person of 80."

This one looks like he just got run over by a car. La chute Nº02,2006 © Denis DarzacqThis one looks like he just got run over by a car. La chute Nº02,2006 © Denis Darzacq

I absolutely hate going to the supermarket. However, if I were to see this kind of thing there, then I may enjoy it.

My question is this: Are these people suspended from something? Or are they caught in mid-air just as they are about to come crashing to the ground? What do you think?

Copyrighted images used with permission. Please visit Denis Darzacq's website to see more.

Diana Eid
Innovative Arts
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Dec 4, 2008
by John P. Barker
John P. Barker's picture

Very cool...

Nice article!  I'd love to see the picture 1 second after that guy face-planted...  ouch.

Dec 4, 2008
by Diana Eid

Haha yeah, I'd have loved to

Haha yeah, I'd have loved to see those pictures too...that could be some form of art also, right? :)