Since 1985, photographer Thierry Urbain conducts a relentless work of research on architecture, archaeology and landscape. Reinventing imaginary locations through photography, like Babylon and Qsar el Saràb, T.Urbain does not seem interested in communicating a supposed “exoticness”, but rather to let a timeless notion emerge from the reinterpreted structures. The black and white photos are taken via a large range of techniques and unusual points of views which transform the images in strong statements about space. A sense of stillness pervades the places with only atmospheric variations left to inhabit the rooms. The invented scenes reveal classical compositions involving simple volumes and structures devoid of any decoration. The compositions are lighted by means of a direct source which produces strong shadows.
All images © Thierry Urbain