In 2015, I was approached to take part in a celebratory project for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. The commission was to develop a postcard that creatively depicted the future, which would be stored in a vault and sent in 25 years. I dreamt a scenario around a gathering of flying balloons; a concept which quickly became a theme that I developed in stunning locations and gorgeous vistas across Canada, the US, and Europe.

I recently exhibited this work in a Parisian gallery and collaborated with an English composer named Xander Simmons to create a soundscape that fit the series, adding a new dimension to the experience. I’m very excited to share this now with you. You can also listen to the music here!

This series develops the idea of an interaction between man and balloon. Halfway between dream and science fiction, this is an encounter of the third kind. The balloon stands as a metaphor for an unknown form of life descending upon humanity, sent perhaps to deliver a message. It is a representation of our most enigmatic dreams — a journey into the limbo of our subconscious, inviting us to disconnect and reflect on the journeys of our own design. 

More info: clementguegan.com | Instagram

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Départ Au Travail

Départ Au Travail

Montreal, QC, Canada

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HANS 5 months ago

Mary Poppins wannabes.

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#2

The Beginning

The Beginning

Dinosaur Provincial Park, AB, Canada

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Wynand 5 months ago

It's like in the movies when the paper bag breaks and the oranges roll everywhere. Always so many oranges.

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#3

The Search

The Search

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Wynand 5 months ago

Thinking dark thoughts

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#4

Rencontre Personnelle

Rencontre Personnelle

Chauvry, France

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Wynand 5 months ago

Go on, pop one!

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#5

Why Escape?

Why Escape?

Lyon, France

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Lotte 5 months ago

I love the use of colour in this one!

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#6

Only The Winds

Only The Winds

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Wynand 5 months ago

Pear-y interesting

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#7

Mementum

Mementum

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Night Owl 5 months ago

Floating

#8

Hostile

Hostile

Mount Rainier, WA, USA

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#9

Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning

Chauvry, France

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TC 5 months ago

Viagra pills are going high...

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#10

The Adventure Continues

The Adventure Continues

Whistler, BC, Canada

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boredkoala 5 months ago

Beautiful!

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#11

Harmonie

Harmonie

Vancouver, BC, Canada

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#12

Encounter Of The Third Kind

Encounter Of The Third Kind

Calgary, AB, Canada

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#13

First Encounter

First Encounter

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

Looks like part of a video game

#14

Lost In Our Dreams

Lost In Our Dreams

Mount Rainier, WA, USA

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#15

Questioning

Questioning

Montreal, QC, Canada

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Night Owl 5 months ago

To pop or not to pop, that is the question. Or it's an egg and he's wondering what it's going to come out after it hatches. Also: me looking at (modern) art.

#16

Passage

Passage

Disneyland, Paris, France

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#17

I've Been Waiting

I've Been Waiting

Ibiza, Spain

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