Facades is an ongoing series of work by French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy in which he deconstructs images of urban landscapes by reducing different buildings down to the front facades. His skillful digital interventions illustrate cities and small towns whose buildings are erased leaving only their structure’s front – façade – standing. The façade is the structural feature that first meets the eye and has the largest impact. In Gaudrillot-Roy’s photographs it’s the only part that exists. This incredible photo series is reminiscent of the scenery from a
futuristic movie about abandoned civilization.
It is based off of photographs he took in Montreal and the suburbs of France, which he then meticulously altered using photo-manipulation software to subtract the buildings and add a convincing background. Gaudrillot-Roy transports the façades of nameless buildings onto the streets of similarly anonymous locations creating haunting photographs of made-up towns. Perhaps what’s most unsettling are the small and intimate details that seem like proof of people living here: cars, bikes, and even laundry hanging out to dry on the balcony. This series offers a vision of an unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, with looks as the only refuge, says Gaudrillot-Roy.