In the series Colosses, photographer Fabrice Fouillet captures gigantic statues not for their artistic, ideological, political or religious representations, but for the perspective of their ridiculously large proportions against the landscape they are erected on.
Instead of cropping, fitting or framing the statues as one normally would, Fouillet shifts and widens his view to include the normal hustle and bustle of life happening around it. In some pictures, the icons stand against a horizon of trees, gas stations, streets and houses, looking more awkward than imposing. In others, Fouillet emphasises their disproportion by including human figures in the frame.
“I chose to photograph the statues from a standpoint outside their formal surroundings, and to favour a more detached view, watching them from the sidelines. This detachment enabled a wider view of the landscape and to place the monuments in a more contemporary dimension,” writes Fouillet.