There can be little doubt that digitized photography has changed the way that we see the world. The very worst offenders are the real estate photographers who feel it necessary to run their images through an HDR filter like Aurora. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum are artists like Ysabel Lemay.
Lemay is a Canadian artist, whose images become very quickly recognizable for there otherworldly and ethereal nature scenes. On the one hand the shear complexity of the imagery suggests that the works might actually be painted, the level of detail and activity somewhat comparable to Hieronymus Bosch, but in fact they are photographs, sort of. Lemay’s process is to take quite literally hundreds of photos, nature images in particular, digitally re-master them and then slowly cut, paste, adjust them into these hyper realistic collages of brilliant color and impossible detail.
With titles like Stillness, Life, Cosmic Nursery – somewhat cliched, but can be forgiven considering the absolute attention and delicacy with which the images are constructed. If there was any modern photographer who is fully capable of reaffirming that photography is indeed fine art then our bet would be on Lemay.
Lemay’s work comes in relatively limited editions, thankfully, we have yet to find any that are more than editions of 10, so there is a certain exclusivity. Prices are relatively affordable, a modest sized work, depending, approximately $5,000 which hardly breaks the bank. There are a handful of galleries across the US that represent her and sell her work, both in their shops and online.