French photographer Clément Briend(Facebook) - "Cambodian culture is deeply rooted in a spirituality - marked by a belief in genii and fantasy creatures. In a dark cityscape, night reveals the presence of divine creatures on trees and subsequently makes them alive and real. Such nocturnal visions allow us to grasp the way magic profoundly influences how Cambodian people perceive the world."
Clement Briend is a photographer living and working in Paris, France. He is also a professor of photography at the University of Valenciennes. Briend studied at the Ecole Louis Lumiere and specializes in projecting images onto various surfaces and then taking photographs of the hybrid imagery.
In his series entitled ‘Cambodian Trees‘, Briend projects haunting images of Cambodian spirits and deities onto trees around Phnom Penh. The night time incarnation of these cultural figures set against the urban environment of the capital city gives these photos an incredible feel.
You can find the entire series on Briend’s website. For those interested in limited edition prints, Briend is represented by wall30.
Last month in a park just outside of Paris during Journées du Patrimoine 2012, French artist Clément Briend was invited to the Domaine de Saint-Cloud where he created an awesome light show by projecting large-scale images of expressive gargoyles onto the trees. It’s as though he woke up the trees and exposed their secret faces. Walking around the park that night must have been a fantastic experience.