It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a whimsically styled two-story home floating haphazardly through the sky!
This surreal domestic scene comes courtesy of French photographer Laurent Chehere, an artist with a flair for turning mundane urban and suburban residences into fantastical -- not to mention aerial -- still lifes. Using digitally altered images of buildings, homes, tents and trailers, Chehere created "Flying Houses," a wonderfully absurd take on dwellings across the globe.
Chehere's project was inspired by the homes he came across in poorer neighborhoods in Paris, as well as the decadent aesthetics of movies like "The Red Balloon" and "Howl's Moving Castle." In an attempt to channel the ethereal visions of filmmakers Albert Lamorisse and Hayao Miyazaki, Chehere opted to transform the dilapidated French buildings he saw into gorgeous floating arcs.
Stuffed with animals, flipped inside out or set a flame, the houses in Chehere's digitally altered photographs seem to capture an entire fairy tale narrative in one frame. The viewer is tasked not only with imagining how the house came to be airborne, but where it's headed, who's living inside and to where do each of the home's mysterious tethers lead.
Chehere's "Flying Houses" are set to go on view at Muriel Guepin Gallery from November 1 to December 1, 2013. Scroll through a preview of the exhibition below and let us know your thoughts on the images in the comments. To see more of his works, check out our past article here.