The silhouette of a tree top balances an angled strip of red-orange below a moody sky of violet, blue and pink. This dramatic image captures the essence of a fiery sunset sweeping across an open landscape.
In Labbe's work, movement is used as a creative and transformative force by which ordinary landscapes are altered. This particular series is taken with a slow shutter speed, while the photographer is in motion. The large format chromogenic prints are on archival paper, mounted on dibond (an aluminum composite on panel) and faced cleanly with acrylic. A stainless steel channel is mounted to the work on the back for easy installation.
Each print is unique. Labbe only makes 3 variations (cropped in different proportion) from each photograph. Québec born Etienne Labbé trained as a molecular biologist in Montréal and Toronto. As an artist he has worked in several mediums – sculpture, watercolour, mixed media and photography. His work consists of rapidly shifting explorations of scale, colour, light and mood. Movement is used as a creative and transformative force by which ordinary landscapes are altered. Labbé’s work is held in several private collections across Canada.