Ghislain and Marie David de Lossy modus operandi transcends the
nature photographic genre and traditional techniques. Displaying 40
photographic images taken over the course of several trips throughout
Europe encompassing Finland, Iceland and Spain, their images offer a
unique and unusual outlook on the animal world and nature.
The contemplative viewer is required to scan the landscape for the
animal, as it is not readily apparent, regardless of its actual size. The
viewer’s eyes sweep the vast panorama (3 meters plus in length) from
one end to the other interrogating and ultimately losing themselves in the
Despite the incredible precision and clarity, there is something surreal
about the natural environment shown in these photos. In this paradox
lies the magic of Marie and Ghislain David de Lossy’s artworks. At
the origin ot this sleight of hand lies a unique shooting technique that
consists of freezing the focal point, speed, diaphragm and the distance
from where the animal is initially photographed before reproducing
and reconstructing the surrounding landscape. Each one is realised
by reuniting 100 to 150 shots. One of those shots is a single image of
the “subject”, reintegrating the animal in its original environment.
Using digital data, their photos (each several billions of pixels rich) reveal
perplexing details that cannot be seen through the actual telephoto
lenses. This is shown by, for instance, a gnat colony still flight right
under the nose of a bear that is just coming out of the forest.
This new approach to nature, both macro and microscopic, blurs the
border between reality and fiction. It is between these two worlds that
we find the certain poetic quality of their artwork. The telephoto effect
breathes the viewer right into the middle of the landscape, turning us into
image hunters. Lost in the vast wilderness we can, strangely enough,
see the invisible. Rich colours add to the supernatural aspect of the
setting and excite our imagination. Nature thus sublimaged seems to
harbour unexpected guests : elves and fairies, ready to colonise the
banks of the lead-coloured lake.