moon games


Laurent Laveder

One of those anonymous chain emails arrived in our Inbox today, with a subject  line that read “Playing With the Moon”. It’s a series of photo illusions that someone went to great pains to create. It LOOKS LIKE real – not Photoshopped – photos that they made with their kids, out on some beachy dune over several nights/days when the moon was out. The most beautiful ones look like silhouettes and have a strange, curiously old-fashioned magic…

…We were wondering who made them…and where they got the idea…and why…


Laurent Laveder

…and then we thought “Why not google them and see what we find?”


Laurent Laveder

One thing led to another and we found a gallery of photos called “Moon Games” on the website of a French photographer named Laurent Laveder. The captions on the photos indicate that he DID make these charming photos with his kids on moonlit nights in France. WHAT a fabulous thing to do.


Laurent Laveder

In his bio Laurent writes:

“Being a contemplator, I try to capture the beauty of a rising or setting of the Moon, with sometime some contentment.”

That he did, for sure…


Laurent Laveder

With thanks to Christopher Deatherage and Chai!

5 Responses to moon games

  1. Elizabeth 02.15.2010 at 11:45pm #

    I love these images — and am a bit partial to anything related to the moon. Thank you for posting them. I’m sure my own children will enjoy them as well!

  2. Monique L. 02.16.2010 at 11:04am #

    These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for this blog.

  3. Chai Song 02.17.2010 at 3:17am #

    Glad that Chip (Kit) forwarded ‘playing with the moon’ along to you and that you like it. No need to thank me; I am just a messenger for only tasteful chain mails. I have another one you may like, ‘rice artwork.’ Send me your email to [email protected] and I shall be happy to forward ‘rice artwork’ to you. Or perhaps Chip can forward that to you.

    Thanks for doing research on ‘playing with the moon.’ See I learn something through you.


  4. Laurent Laveder 02.17.2010 at 7:51am #

    thank you for these kind words. That’s true, this is not Photoshop composites, but trompes-l’œil. The main character is Sabine, my girlfriend, who create this scene with me (she’s not only the model, but also the co-creator).
    Thanks again. Regards.

  5. sloan 02.17.2010 at 8:52pm #

    amazing photos – thx for sharing!
    love your blog …

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