The Friday photo by Carte Blanche:
Aela Labbe, Psychedelic, Sleepless memories 2011
French photographer Aëla Labbé was born in Brittany, a region where forests can be magic and fairytales are part of the culture. From an early age she devoted herself to dancing, a passion that today shapes her unique photographic creativity. Like in choreography her beautiful photographs dramatize the expression of the body and illustrate the relationship between humanity and nature. The subjects she photographs are part of her private world, her friends and family. Full of elegance and mystery, her unconventional portraits take us back to our childhood and its deepest secret dreams.
Aëla Labbé’s photographic style is very singular – she constructs scenes and fills them with something that wavers between sorrow and poignant delight. Her scenes take place in a realm where the emotions expressed by body language are essential.
Her family is another key to the photographic world she has created. Her nephews, in particular, are the main characters in her photographs. It is with them that childhood became an underlying theme in her work. Her unique vision shows a darker, mysterious and unconventional representation of the early years of life.