Drawing on a deep appreciation for the natural landscape and the rich artistic traditions that have depicted the world around us since the early nineteenth century, American photographer David LaBella produces precise, detailed images with a singular dedication to the craft that has become a hallmark of his work. His careful attention to the elements of form, light, and texture in each of his photographs results in visionary images, each set perfectly in terms of composition, nuance, and mood.
LaBella distinguishes himself from those photographers he calls printmakers, who are primarily concerned with the creative printing process. “I am an image maker, bent on rendering scenes that stand up to rigorous editing,” he explains, speaking of his images which require no enhancement, manipulation, or cropping. But the heart of LaBella’s work remains centered within his subject matter, amid those last natural vestiges he so devotedly seeks to capture. In the end, his highest goal and greatest achievement is the production of a body of work that depicts the richness and bounty of the wild landscapes that still remain.