Surreal Self-Portraits Reveal your Fantasy World Last time we heard from Los Angeles-based French artist Reine Paradis, she was walking the streets with red-pasted origami animals and umbrellas against deep blue skies for the surreal landscapes of her Jungle series. Still clutching the surreal, Reine is back with a new series: Midnight. The adventurous photography series is based on Reine’s conceptualisations originally manifest in drawings. Reine went out into the real world of Los Angeles to construct her own one(s). In the resulting scenes caught on camera, Reine hangs out on billboards, sandy dunes and runways, all of which strictly adhere to a logic of deep blue, turquoise and yellow. Midnight owes itself Reine’s playful yet surreal imagination and love of staging narrative. Storyboard (drawings): THE PLUS hung out with the artist. THE PLUS: How was your summer? Reine Paradis: Intense! I had a big exhibition in Los Angeles and the new series to complete. TP: So tell us. Why “Midnight”? RP: This series is entitled “Midnight” because I wanted to create images that look as if they were shot under an intense blue moon. Through the series, I create a time that is in between reality and imagination. TP: Favourite place in the whole of Los Angeles? RP: The ocean. TP: Are you a late night or early morning person? RP: Definitely late night! TP: What makes art powerful? RP: Through art we can explore ourselves, connect and grow which I believe are the main purposes of life. TP: What was your favourite part of the process with this project? RP: My favorite part of the process was drawing the first ideas of each scene. TP: What are you working on next? RP: I just started to work on my new series which I will shoot next year, and I have begun writing a feature film.