Joseph Labate

This work is from a series of “landscape” images with the term referring to its use as a genre in the history of photography, to the horizontal format for digital printing and to its figurative definition - the distinctive features of a particular situation or intellectual activity. The images first begin as photographs I make with a digital camera. The pictures are then opened in Adobe Photoshop and manipulated. I replace the “natural” color with an “artificial” one and I add a few simple digitally drawn components.

On one hand the images closely resemble “straight” photographs, yet on the other hand, appear to be obvious contrivances. In each image there is a tension between the organic description created by the lens and the digital drawing and artificial color. The work treads the boundary between traditional photography and new technology and examines the landscape of my life.