Star Wars invades real-life urban wastelands in 14 stunning pics

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Dec 16, 2012

Part of Star Wars' genuine appeal is that it's set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. French photographer Cédric Delsaux, however, prefers to look at Star Wars as an Earth-based post-apocalyptic future.

Delsaux's book, Dark Lens, which was recently released in America, turns Star Wars on its head: Thanks to some terrific sets and scenery, the Star Wars universe is filled with worlds in which we'd like to escape ... but here we get a decaying urban wasteland, which makes the appearances of these familiar characters mildly unsettling.

According to the Huffington Post,

...Delsaux started out taking photos of what he calls "the peripheral zones" of modern cities—wastelands, empty deserts, scrapyards. Yet something was missing—and then he had the idea of placing characters from Star Wars into the images, giving C3PO and the Millennium Falcon modern settings that somehow seamlessly fit.

His haunting photos help us reflect on the urban environments of Paris and Dubai, the addition of a few stormtroopers and Darth Vader laying bare the effect of these domineering concrete landscapes.

George Lucas calls them "one of the most unique and intriguing interpretations that I have seen."

In fact, Lucas wrote the book's introduction.

For a look at Delsaux's style, which he calls "the mythology of banality," check out this gallery.

(via The Huffington Post)