The incredible flying houses of Laurent Chehere

If the thought of flying houses conjures up images of Dorothy, Toto, and ruby slippers in the wake of that famous Kansas tornado, then you’re in good company—but the wonderful Wizard of Oz has nothing on French photographer Laurent Chehere.

Known for his work for such high profile clients as Nike and Audi, Chehere swapped his commercial cap for that of world traveler, gathering inspiration from the beauty of Japan, Bolivia, Argentina, and more. But for all of his globe-trotting, it was the photographer’s journeys through the popular districts of Paris that gave way to an extraordinary series titled “Flying Houses”—a whimsical collection of homes, tents, trailers, and cottages that are seemingly suspended in mid-air.

By capturing as many possible angles in good light, Chehere later was able to break the structures out of anonymity and inject them into an intriguing story of flight—with a little help from Photoshop. And while the artist attributes his inspiration to the short film The Red Balloon (shot in Ménilmontant in 1956 by Albert Lamorisse) and to Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, I’m still standing by the theory that these floating houses would find a perfect home in The Emerald City. After all, both are perfect material for a fantastical dream.

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Which of Chehere’s photographs are your favorites? What other objects would take on new life if made to look permanently airborne? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  • jaystrab

    I don’t get it.

    • Benjie

      What don’t you get jaystrab?

      • jaystrab

        Why someone would spend time doing this. It kind of a dumb idea. If you’re going to do photo manipulation, then do something that makes sense. This seems like a college student just trying to learn how to use Photoshop.

      • Benjie

        I guess sometimes even the most in-demand professionals like to put commercial work to one side and indulge in something whimsical.

  • Troy Wilson

    Wow.. What an creativity of designs. Simply superb. If we use such creativity in web design field , we can rock the Melbourne market. Woooooow. I would like to contact the author. Thanks for sharing such an amazing talent with us.

  • http://twitter.com/andrabrainik Andra Postolache

    The one with the circus tent is awesome :D

  • merkurwebdesign

    incredible story. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Lady__KayC Kayleigh Cloete

    Very interesting concept. I wouldn’t say its the best work I have seen but I am impressed with the surrealism and the way that the objects were illustrated. My favourite I would say is the circus tent. The depth of the concept is unfortunately something that is not easily understandable and thus might make people not enjoy the artworks as much as they should? . But still I am very impressed by the dynamics of thought