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article imageTricking the mind: the zero-gravity illusions of Denis Darzacq

By R. C. Camphausen     Mar 9, 2010 in Arts
French photographer Denis Darzacq creates amazing images of people flying through air as if there was no gravity on our planet. His work, real photographs without PhotoShop trickery, can be seen in New York, yet only for two more weeks.
For slightly more than two weeks, until March 27, New York’s Laurence Miller Gallery continues to show the extravagant photography of French photographer Denis Darzacq.
For his latest and apparently gravity-defying images, part of a series called Hyper, Darzacq has not - as one immediately thinks - used PhotoShop or similar software in order to create them. Instead, he placed an ad in the paper of the French town Rouen, looking for acrobatic dancers to perform for him and his camera. The result is stunning, capturing bodies flying through the air, seemingly in levitation, defying earth-bound gravity with the greatest of ease, tricking the mind of the visitor into the illusion that she or he has entered a world of surreal magic.
The resulting effect is like being in a dream, getting that sick feeling in one's stomach when the ground suddenly opens and one is a mere nano-second away from falling into the void, of descending into an unknown space, the mind creating visions of unknown horror it may encounter. In Darzacq's world, that horror is the depressing everyday-world of the modern super- and hypermarkets - hence the exhibition's name Hyper.
Hyper  image 1
Hyper, image 1
Denis Darzacq - with permission
There, in front of and in between rows and rows of plastic products that seem necessities to the contemporary consumer, the dancers and Denis' camera create a surreal world that makes the 'reality' of daily consumerism as unreal as the images themselves seem.
Photo 15 from the Hyper series
Photo 15 from the Hyper series
Denis Darzacq - with permission
More images are available on the photographer's website.
For those who are interested in the creative process, there's a 7 minute video available on YouTube.
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