Clement Briend

3D projections turn trees into divinities

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    That is not a photoshop, it's the work of French photographer Clément Briend.

    Shot for the series Cambodian Trees, the image was created by using multiple projectors to turn trees in Phnom Penh, Cambodia into light sculptures. Briend's 3D projections are created quite organically. He starts with an idea, and then slowly works on the projection points by hand until what you see above takes shape. The sculptures (the whole series is available on his site) depict divinities and other supernatural beings.

    Animism and magic are part of Cambodian -- and much of South East Asian -- culture, and Cambodian Trees plays with those themes. By casting these forms onto trees within urban landscapes, Briend connects the natural with the magical, and the city to the spiritual.

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