Facades Minus Architecture: Subtractive Photos Flatten Built Environments

In Facades 3, the latest in a series of such sets,
French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy ones again
visits flatland, imagining the world constructed like a
stage set from virtually two-dimensional building fronts (or

In architecture schools and firms, students and designer often
draw or photograph (or these days: turn to Google maps) to
capture the street- or ally-facing parts of buildings adjacent
to their site — an exercise to understand the context around
their new vision.

previous iterations of this series
, the photographer
focused on day-lit scenes, often occupied by people and
cluttered with other contextual cues. In this latest set, calm,
quiet and lonely evenings along country roads are the focus
instead, all the more eerie as subjects.

adds a twist to this approach, looking at
structures from an angle, but nonetheless imagining them to be
two-dimensional. He accomplishes the effect by photographing
real places, then nearby landscapes to infill gaps when he
subtracts. The surrealistic results call into question what
lies beyond shared public space, highlighting the invisible
voids concealed by facades.

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