Today’s TAE feature is all about French photographer Thomas Lamadieu, who uses the nickname Roots Art. He takes a picture of the sky from beneath beautiful buildings, and then uses the sky as the shape of his drawings. I especially love how he captures the odd-shaped negative space formed between the surrounding buildings, then reimagining them as people, animals, objects, and many other things. He uses only white and black pixels, and then the rest is whatever shade of blue the sky happens to be in on that day.

Here are some quick “before and after” shots to show you what I mean:

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See? Aren’t those pictures so much fun? It’s so great how something “serious” like photography can turn into something quirky by adding interesting doodles and infusing things like odd perspectives and unconventional shapes.

He’s a self-taught illustrator and photographer, so it’s nice to know the reason behind his obscure but interesting creations. “My artistic aim is to show a different perception of urban architecture and the everyday environment around us, that we can create with our boundless imagination. I play with shapes to make alive the emptiness of the sky.”

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Roots Art does other types of photography, such as landscape double exposures and artsy portraits, but his most viral and fun ones definitely are these building/sky doodles. It’s one of the most original ways to document travels I’ve seen in a long while.

For more of his works, check out his website. Thanks for reading!