Just in time for Halloween, a French photographer has used modified Canon projectors to create spooky photographs of gargoyle projections among Parisian trees.

Clément Briend manipulated the projections to capture individual leaves and bring them to life, creating ghostly faces in the trees in the French capital.

The project – entitled Journées du Patrimoine, Domaine de Saint-Cloud – is the latest in a number of projection installations created by the artist, who has previously created haunting images on high-profile French landmarks and forests in Cambodia.

Speaking to Designboom magazine, Briend said that the project allowed him to create images of the world without being too bound by realism.

“I always imagined devices that can transform and intervene with the light in things that I photograph,” he said. “The focus became photographs that include projections and hence the idea of doing shows with projected images.”

In adapting the projectors, Briend replaced the continuous light source from large format projectors with a flash. He then optimised the flow of light through modifying the projectors’ optics.

Briend is a lecturer of photography at the University of Valenciennes and is the founder of art projection group, the Politics Illuminations Group, which uses the technology to “show invisible realities”.