David LaChapelle Goes Industrial
American photographer, David LaChapelle, returns with a striking new focus of inspiration centered on industrial landscapes.
After mastering the art of commercial fashion photography with projects that capture the personalities of Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Amanda Lepore, Eminem, Philip Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Pamela Anderson, Lil’ Kim, Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Jeff Koons, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, and Britney Spears, LaChapelle decides to return to a focus of fine art photography.
LaChapelle’s newest series Land Scape and Gas Station reveals hyper-kitsch, neon-rinsed images with more than a touch of the surreal. Here, he creates an artificial world that comments on society’s petroleum-reliant culture in a way which is capable of seducing and confusing all at once.
These shining cathedrals of power are not what they seem. Photographed in the expansive deserts and along the coastlines of California, David LaChapelle has created stunning hand crafted refineries made from plastic bottles, hair curlers, egg cartons and other waste material. Glowing against a vast open space or infinite sky, the buildings’ retro-future aesthetic creates a captivating spectacle that manifests into magical shrines of consumerist worship, blissfully distracting one from the dangers such a place comprises.
In David LaChapelle’s Gas Station series, he creates an eerie scene of depopulated and mysterious fueling stations, smoldered by the lush vegetation of Maui. The rain forest acts as an organic force both generative and destructive; the source of fossil fuels, it also has the power to re-engulf these man-made creations.
Aristocracy Two from LaChapelle’s Aristocracy Series, continues to provide a bridge between art and commercialism, politics and advertising, still frame and moving image. There are many words that can be applied to David LaChapelle’s art works -surreal, innovative, vibrant – creating a joyful ambiance to his fine art photographs.