When photography bridges dreams and reality: Alain Laboile

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Born on May 1, 1968 in Bordeaux, France, Alain Laboile is a photographer and father of six.

In 2004, as he needed to put together a portfolio of his work as a sculptor, he acquired a camera, and thus developed a taste for macro-photography, spurred by his passion for entomology.

Later on, he pointed his lens towards his growing family which became his major subject, be it in a realistic depiction of their atypical lifestyle in ‘La Famille’, or in bizarre stagings around a pond in ‘Réflexion autour du bassin’.

Alain Laboile’s work has since been exhibited around the world and he just published a book with Kehrer Verlag : ‘At the edge of the world’.

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About ‘Reflection around the pond’:

My photographic work, begun in 2006, is primarily centred on black and white documentation of my large family in the Bordeaux countryside.

The series ‘Reflection around the pond’ is a parallel work, begun almost accidentally. It is the result of an ordinary angling of the camera onto the surface of a natural pond that we dug as a family in our garden.

I was immediately attracted by the reflection in generated. The background disappeared, replaced by the sky, and distortions were created that gave the images a dream-like quality. Thus an ordinary scene took on another dimension.

We live in an isolated place, rather wild, where children evolve in osmosis with the nature around them.

Our garden is an immense playground, covered with elements conducive to fits of inspiration: plants, tools, sculptures and metallic structures…and as many possibilities to create fictive worlds.

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My children think up little plays, put on costumes, accessorised with what they have on hand and let their imaginations run wild.

It is this phantasmagoric universe that springs from the child’s imagination that my reflections illustrate.

Purposefully non-narrative in nature so as to leave it up to the spectator to decide, they will nevertheless stir that little flame of childhood that sleeps in each one of us and momentarily revive its glow.

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