Welcome to an offbeat universe where cut-up photographs make us daydream...Pictures, both alluring and disquieting, absorb us in a deconstructed world conducive to emotional and physical discoveries…Enigmatic and fantastic, the universe of Lepage makes us feel emotions, project images on our minds and most of all, makes us want to create and re-imagine these photographs every time our eyes meet.
—Alice Develey, March 2015
Lepage has had a long and varied career, having found success as a professional fashion photographer, a painter as well as a fine artist. One near constant, however, has been photography—”Photography has been a passion since I was a teenager and it has always remained. While I did spend periods of my life doing something else besides making photographs—those moments only made me realize how much I missed taking pictures.”
Lepage’s progression has never been straightforward. In his fashion career, Lepage photographed the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen, while his work was published everywhere from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar and Numero (to name just a few). Yet, at one point, he decided to take a 13-year hiatus from his commercial work so he could focus more on painting.
Indeed, Recycle first grew out of a desire to stop shooting altogether. Because he was not making new images, Lepage decided to return to some old photographs he had shot back in the 1990s, images made using Polaroid Colorgraf 891, 8x10 inch sheet film. By re-purposing (recycling) old photographs, Lepage found himself freed from the “realistic” constraints of the medium. He cut and paste and layered old images, building up the dreamy, colorful creations that we find in Recycle.
Given Lepage’s protean art and ever-changing artistic output, he has little use for the label “photographer.” Instead, what Lepage finds so energizing is the multi-faceted nature of the medium: it has “the power to show moments, relate important events—it is a powerful form of expression and testimony. Through photography, you can express yourself in many ways and create your own universe. Photography, like any other medium, is only limited by the powers of our own imaginations.”