Jean-Marc Bustamante is a French photographer who incorporates both space and design into his works. His first major series, Tableaux, depicted seemingly uninteresting sites around Barcelona, using both large color photographs and classical composition styles to blur the lines between painting and photography.
In his series, Something is Missing, Bustamante photographs in cities throughout the world, but never reveals specific locations or chronology of the images. This approach forces the viewer to rely fully on their own analysis of the photograph; to piece together each visual clue present in Bustamante’s carefully composed image. In exhibitions of this work, he sometimes paints the gallery walls red in an effort to place emphasis on the images’ separation from the external world.