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MONUMENTS (Chapter 3)
Chapter 3

It was in 2015, while walking in the streets of Paris, where I live, that the idea came to me to make a photo work around the monuments. The idea was to stage heroes from Pop Culture by integrating them into the scenery in the place of existing Parisian monuments. A way for me to pay tribute to the creators of these characters who inspire us and feed our imagination for decades. But, due to lack of time, I only started working on this project in 2018. After 2 years of work, 13 visuals have been completed (divided into two separate chapters). It has been a long wait for me, but I am delighted to finally be able to present this work that has been in my mind for many years.

This project is the result of a collaboration with 2 fantastic partners : the studio 95 Magenta (who realized all the CGI elements, integrated to the photographs, of this 1st Chapter) and the CGI graphic designer Emmanuelle Vonck (who, as for her, realized the CGI part of the second and the third chapter). They brought all their know-how in CGI for the realization of this project and have magnificently managed the modeling part and the integration of the different characters. A huge thank you to them for their work and their talent.

So it is in Paris, this "museum city" that radiates throughout the world, that my new series of photographs is set. Here, frozen on huge stone pedestals, cult characters from popular culture are raised to the rank of "Monuments". It is a way for me to underline that these heroes of fiction are today part of the world's cultural heritage. Unfortunately a choice had to be made and for technical or aesthetic reasons, many characters will not be represented here. But it is a work which is far from being finished, and many other characters will come to supplement thereafter this list which, I hope, will be the longest possible !

The pictures of this series were taken "à l'ancienne", in film. The negatives were then scanned, then retouched, to add CGI elements. The figurines, which served as a basis for this work, were "scanned" in studio with the photogrammetry process. I thus considered this series as a real laboratory for image research where old techniques are mixed with the most modern processes. A new way of looking at photography. And a way perhaps to reconcile the purists with the avant-gardists of photography ;)

I now let you discover these images. Good viewing to all.

Fine art prints are available (in limited editions of 15 copies, with a worldwide free shipping) on : 

Monuments © Benoit Lapray (2018-2023)
MONUMENTS #14 / Musician robots 1999
MONUMENTS #14 / Musician robots 1999 (Close up)
MONUMENTS #15 / Jump man & his green steed 1981
MONUMENTS #15 / Jump man & his green steed 1981​​​​​​​ (Close up)
MONUMENTS #16 / Time traveler 1985
MONUMENTS #16 / Time traveler 1985​​​​​​​ (Close up)
MONUMENTS #17 / Flying man 1938
MONUMENTS #17 / Flying man 1938 (Close up)
MONUMENTS #18 / Flying man 1938
MONUMENTS #18 / Flying man 1938 (Close up)

To be continued... as soon as possible ! ;)

Click to watch : CHAPTER 1 of the series, and click to watch : CHAPTER 2

Creative team of the third chapter
​​​​​​​Concept, Photography & Art Direction : Benoit Lapray
CGI : Emmanuelle Vonck (click here to watch her Behance profil)​​​​​​​
Photogrammetry modeling : Digitage
Photo retouching : Emmanuelle Vonck & Benoit Lapray
Production : Benoit Lapray
Films processing and scanning, on an IMACON scanner, has been realised by a photo laboratory in Paris.

Fine art prints are available (in limited editions of 15 copies, with a worldwide free shipping) on : 

All photographs has been done in film photography with a Pentax 67 II camera, with Kodak Portra films, and digitalized with an Imacon scanner.
Thanks for watching !
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MONUMENTS (Chapter 3)