Superheroes Take A Moment For Themselves In 'The Quest For The Absolute' Photo Series

Superheroes Take A Moment For Themselves In 'The Quest For The Absolute' Photo Series

Four years ago, while walking along the French countryside, photographer Benoit Lapray conceived the idea for a photo series focusing on the loneliness of famous superheroes. Come check out his beautiful work featuring several of your favorite Marvel & DC heroes now!

Talking with Mashable & The Huffington Post, French photographer Benoit Lapray shared a few details on how he originally came up with the idea and how he composed a few of his shots. The idea first came to him four years ago while he was living in the French Alps. He started to imagine how it must feel to be a superhero and how lonely it might be: "I think it's pretty easy to imagine superheroes as lonely. Because, they are different, and they have a big charge on their shoulders, so I guess they need to be alone sometime to recover a kind of serenity and to remember why they fight."

He used the beautiful desolation of the French Alps as a setting because he was a fan of placing the fictional heroes in nature rather than their usual city setting. To compose his shots, he used a variety of different techniques to get the heroes in the right position. Some of the shots feature promotional images photoshopped from a variety of Marvel/DC films while others feature real life models in costume shot on-site.

Take a look at his photo series, The Quest for the Absolute, below:


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Logan5 - 6/7/2014, 4:30 PM
This is truly a great find! Thanks Mr Patel.., sincerely! :-D
Darlene1974 - 6/7/2014, 4:31 PM
Fantastic photos! !!
Logan5 - 6/7/2014, 4:32 PM
They're all great.., except that one with Routh. :-D I appreciate Superman Returns so don't explode anyone, I just think that's the only one that stands out.

NovaCorpsFan - 6/7/2014, 4:32 PM
The photography's pretty great, nice locations and everything but some of the Photoshops seem slightly off.
SpoonySpoon - 6/7/2014, 4:33 PM
... half of these are just stock images photoshopped onto landscape photos. I mean, really?
tonytony - 6/7/2014, 4:33 PM
Nice really like the wonder woman and superman ones
DestroyerOfSandwiches - 6/7/2014, 4:34 PM
Theres a cliche inspirational quote trying desperately to be heard somewhere.
Logan5 - 6/7/2014, 4:34 PM
Of course Spoontang.., was trying to give positive feedback. :-P
Super12 - 6/7/2014, 4:38 PM
1st Superman, Batman in a cave, Flash, Silver Surfer, and Wonder Woman in the waterfall ones are good. The others dont seem like they fit at all. Great idea though, but some dont belong there. Like why on earth is Spidey stranded in a dirt road in Austria? Lol
BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 4:39 PM

But ummm...isn't Spider-man useless without any buildings to swing from? >.<
starkresilient - 6/7/2014, 4:39 PM
TheRationalNerd - 6/7/2014, 4:40 PM
The Silver Surfer one is my favorite!
BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 4:41 PM
And of course now we'll be seeing the trolls talking about how bad the photoshop is... I mean really, guys? If you can do better then by all means... Let's see it!

Just be fans and enjoy the pics for God's sake.
Super12 - 6/7/2014, 4:45 PM
@blindjustice - not trying to hate, just expressing my opinion. Like I think a good Spidey one would be him on a building in NY with his mask off watching a group of kids his age eating outside or something. Show what his powers have removed him from, plus he's in his element. Something like that.
Enphlieuwince - 6/7/2014, 4:45 PM
I missed the party because I can't see any of them.
DEVLIN712 - 6/7/2014, 4:45 PM
Love the Silver Surfer and Thor photos
Himura - 6/7/2014, 4:45 PM
Some of these are great! A lot look like crappy photoshop jobs...
I mean, if you're trying to make it look more authentic, dont use the pictures lifted from the posters of the movies, as theyre the most recognizable.
DrunkenNukem - 6/7/2014, 4:47 PM
OMG...Silver Surfer´s pic its amazing!...
LEEE777 - 6/7/2014, 4:48 PM
Nice, look beautiful and no NEW 52 in sight :p

Gotta luv Wolvie!
BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 4:48 PM
I'd like to see a pic of Captain America on the beaches of present day Normandy.

DrunkenNukem - 6/7/2014, 4:48 PM

agreed ..Silver Surfer´s pic its the best for me, epic.

CaptainObvious - 6/7/2014, 4:49 PM
"I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird…I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me"
Brainiac13 - 6/7/2014, 4:49 PM

DrunkenNukem - 6/7/2014, 4:50 PM
WW in the waterfalls is great too..

BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 4:50 PM
Super12 - Oh no worries. I wasn't meaning you.
campblood - 6/7/2014, 4:50 PM
sad spiderman meme away!

Brainiac13 - 6/7/2014, 4:51 PM
I just watched Wonder Woman pilot(2011)again...... was Dog ShiT!

grif - 6/7/2014, 4:52 PM
a lot of these make no sense
Brainiac13 - 6/7/2014, 4:55 PM
Abary - 6/7/2014, 4:56 PM

BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 4:58 PM
batz11 - 6/7/2014, 5:00 PM
The 'sad' Batman in the cave, kinda lmao at that one! These are very cool...
BlindJustice - 6/7/2014, 5:00 PM
@Brainiac13 - Funny Mark Hamill bit... I'm unsure what it has to do with this article, but okay.
Brainiac13 - 6/7/2014, 5:03 PM

It's all about sharing. ;)
Franshu - 6/7/2014, 5:04 PM
Meh. Landscape photos with superhero pcitures (badly) photoshopped. Bleh.
DaVinci31 - 6/7/2014, 5:04 PM
Some are laughable. Some are great.
staypuffed - 6/7/2014, 5:04 PM
Some are pretty cool, others are totally goofy.
batz11 - 6/7/2014, 5:10 PM
Was hoping WW would look like this...

SugarYumYum - 6/7/2014, 5:12 PM
No offense to the creators but when I saw the title I was expecting something more than some relatively average cut and paste jobs.
LaputaHeir - 6/7/2014, 5:14 PM
The Silver Surfer pic is the best imo.

It reminded me of when he was banished on Earth by Galactus.
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