Monday, June 26, 2006
It’s his portraits that do it to me. Raw and real, they generally share one thing in common: His subjects give, without giving it all away.
They allow the camera’s gaze, and they give it back with interest.
The only time I’ve ever caught a taste of something like the dust that falls in the wake of this guy’s footsteps as he passes by with his Canon was the time I asked a woman dying indigo in El Salvador if I could take her photo. She generously said yes, and the shot she gave me was startling -- but yeah, right, I know -- not even close to a Locaburg.
There’s such strong regard in locaburg’s photographs for his subjects. They don’t give away everything, but that they give what they do give -- and that locaburg handles it with the respect he does -- that, in itself, is everything.
Here’s Locaburg’s photostream »
[update] Locaburg's pics will be published next year as The Detroit Book by the Contemporary Art Museum in Detroit »