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Fantasy Photographs of Children Living in the Reflection of a Pond

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For his project titled Reflexion Autour du Bassin, French photographer Alain Laboile created fantasy photographs of his children, seen through the reflection of a small pond.

Each of the photographs tells a different story, whether it’s a shadowy figure shooting arrows at an apple in the water/sky, leaves being brought to life as wings and creatures, characters coming in contact with the real world by jumping into the water, or children playing with giant insects.

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The New York Times’ Lens Blog published a profile of Laboile and his work today. They write,

A sculptor by trade, Mr. Laboile bought a small digital camera to photograph his work in 2004. He became interested in macro photography and later began documenting the children: Four girls […] and two boys […]

Theirs is a family photo album thrown before the world. Taken as a whole, the images do not evoke anything specific, so much as a feeling. Mr. Laboile’s constant presence has rendered his lens nearly invisible; the children continue their games, rarely acknowledging the camera. He never asks the children to pose, but if one of them doesn’t like a picture he has taken, he won’t publish it online.

In addition to these reflection photographs, Laboile also has a fantastic collection of candid photographs that offer glimpses into the lives of his children.

Reflexion autour du bassin [Flickr via NYTimes via My Modern Met]


Image credits: Photographs by Alain Laboile