Shortlist, The Two Labyrinths by Michel Le Belhomme
"The change from three to two dimensions is a constitutive part of the photographic act. We accept that a photograph maintains a resemblance, despite the fact that it has lost all depth, all materiality except that of its support. Obviously this temptation of reality never leads to confusion between the real and the representation, but we react as if we are faced with this landscape, this space, and not with its image. To experience landscape is to practice it, to place it in contradiction, thus creating a peripheral vision. The visible then asserts itself through deconstruction and alteration. This series elaborates hybrid and fanciful creatures, images of images, representations of representations, resonances of echoes. The visible thus becomes minimalistic, ghost-like, a fiction. In this series the images resonate with successive echoes, becoming by turn images of an object, images of image, and finally just images, returning from their spatial peregrinations with a newfound power to enchant. Their principal force is not critical: it doesn’t come from the deception they are capable of inflicting on a naive and loosely-held belief, but on the contrary from their capacity to create a subtle and uninterrupted vibration between sensation and knowledge."