The photos above are part of a project called Cambodian Trees. They were taken by French photographer, Clement Briend, who travelled to Cambodia, and projected the faces of well known Cambodian spirits and deities onto tree leaves so that he could capture these incredible photos. Clement lives and works in Paris and is a professor of photography at the University of Valenciennes, specializing in projecting images onto various surfaces and then taking photos of the resulting images. Check out the project page, or go to Briend’s Facebook page for more info. If you’re interested, you can also get prints here.
Here is a description of the project:
Cambodian Trees is a creative light projection project by French artist Clément Briend that overlays trees with sculptural images of spirits and deities that are highly regarded in Cambodian culture. It’s a beautiful surprise when the projected spirits awaken and reveal themselves at night as though they are made of the towering trees themselves. The photographic light installations echo the spirituality of the few sprouts of nature in the predominantly urban landscapes. It is a visual imagining of the divine figures that inhabit the world, as seen through an environmentally aware spiritual eye.