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Photography has the power to make our wildest fantasies a reality. With the fandom that surrounds Star Wars, it should come as no surprise that people like to imagine what it’d be like if R2-D2 was bleep-blooping down the sidewalk alongside everyday people. Photographer Laurent Pons creates a world in which a galaxy far, far away is seamlessly integrated with Earth.
Heavily based in Paris, Pons places the iconic figures from the film franchise next to some of the city’s most treasured monuments like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Pons ensures that vessels such as TIE fighters and characters like Storm Troopers match the color and saturation of the landscapes they are in, which is integral in making these photographs feel like snapshots of real life.
Although the threat of the Darkside does loom, Pons makes the co-mingling of Earth and Star Wars feel more mundane than that. Darth Vader isn’t here to threaten us; he just wants to take in the sights like everyone else. If they’re going to stay in a major metropolis like Paris, however, they should also learn to park; we’re almost positive that the Millennium Falcon is facing a ticket based on the less-than-stellar landing jobs.
Photographer Laurent Pons imagines Star Warsin real life.