Jean-François Rauzier’s Hyperphotos: Mindbending Panoramic Images
I love when artists create something that hasn’t been seen before, especially when it is something as amazing as Rauzier’s hyperphotos. These images (rather, pieces of art) take panoramic photography to the next level. Most are made of hundreds, if not thousands of images, and incorporate a dream-like twist in each one. If painting has M.C. Escher, photography has J.F Rauzier.
Jean-François Rauzier has spent the last decade building these incredible (and enormous, to boot) images, which he creates by ‘scanning,’ so to say, his camera back and forth over a scene and taking a staggering number of images. Using photoshop, he layers and manipulates the scene, building them up piece by piece with what looks like laborious pen-tooling and layer masking. Not only does Rauzier just stitch a lot of images together, he also hides neat little easter eggs, and is sure to mess with our heads by connecting seemingly impossible events in some of his photos. In a few of his images, he even incorporates himself, clad in all-black, hanging out in a dark corner or even in a more prominent spot, as you’ll see in the images below.
I had the pleasure of seeing some of Rauzier’s work in person at a showing at the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, CA, and it is nothing short of breathtaking. The prints covered the museum wall from side to side and top to bottom, and even with my eye mere inches from the print, the detail was astounding. Apparently, when printed at full size, some of these images measure up to 66 feet wide.
Take a few minutes to zoom through and around each photo (they are all clickable from here) and take in all the detail and little quirks scattered throughout.
More of Jean-François Rauzier’s work can be seen at his website, rauzier-hyperphoto.com. The depth and variety of his portfolio is breathtaking, especially given the labor-intensive nature of his work. I highly recommend you take a look around (although it is in French, it’s quite easy to navigate).