When we think of Superheroes, we tend to imagine them fighting crime and saving innocent people. We always see them in movies and comic books as they fly away from explosions and jump off buildings. Action all the time. French commercial photographer Benoit Lapray decided to show us their other side and photograph them relaxing in nature. Just them, quietly enjoying the view.
In recent years Benoit lived in Haute-Savoie, in the French Alps, where he fell in love with nature and the mountains. He felt like he's recharging and getting new strengths every moment he took the time to relax in the nature, and started imagining how Superheros probably go there to recharge in between fighting crime and saving people. "It's maybe because I realized that to be there, lost in the nature and surrounding by the mountains, gave us a new strength. And of course, superheroes are the people who need the most to stay strong. So between two rescues and fights with bad people I imagine them going there, alone, to find a new strength and be stronger than ever."
With that thought in mind, Benoit decided 4 years ago to start a personal project named "The Quest for the Absolute", and photograph Superheros enjoying nature. He shot the images in places like Haute- Savoie (France), Haute-Alpes (France), Bretagne (France) and Devon (England), and promises to add new locations and Superheros in the future.
Benoit added on his methods for capturing the heroes: "Sometimes I use shots from the films when I find a picture with an interesting position and light, sometimes a rent costumes and I shoot people with the costumes on at a location (when it is possible) or in a studio (when it is impossible to go on location with the model), and sometimes I buy figurine of the superhero to shoot and add them with Photoshop on my photo landscapes. So I have many ways to proceed for this project, and I don't really care about my process for getting the photograph. My only worry is the result."
For more images from the set, check out this Facebook album.