The blurring of time and space captured in time-lapse photography while the photographer is in motion has resulted in a pattern interrupted by a dark presence in this four-foot-long photograph. Captured through the window of a moving vehicle using a low shutter speed to blur the patterns and colours of subjects, the image is further abstracted by digital manipulation.
Labbe's large-format chromogenic prints are on archival paper, mounted on a dibond (an aluminum composite panel) and faced cleanly with plexiglas. 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 proportions) 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 scale, colour, light and mood explorations. Movement is a creative and transformative force by which ordinary landscapes are altered. Labbé’s work is held in several private collections across Canada.