Toronto-based photographer Gerald Larocque imagines spectacularly surreal wonderlands in his conceptual photographs. According to Larocque, his images “[address] eruptions of his unconscious and suppressed memories,” leading to gorgeous shots that look like scenes from a dream. Pale, slender young women wander through mysterious worlds, encountering extraordinary objects like giant bird's nests, ladders that reach the sky, and sailboats stranded in frozen landscapes.
Larocque, who majored in Photography at Ryerson University, borrows his painterly aesthetic from past eras, in combination with contemporary photography practices. Models dressed in flowing gowns pose in fantastical scenes with symbolic imagery, evoking notions of mythology, religion, and spirituality that were often depicted in the artwork of the Romantic period. The result is a stunning portfolio of ethereal images that overflow with fantasy and fresh, delicate beauty.