Photographer and father of six Alain Laboile’s beautiful photos of his family and kids cannot help but conjure up fond memories of your own childhood.
His eye for beautiful and vital compositions, along with his choice to shoot in black and white, give his photographs a timeless feel and make them seem as though they could have been a part of anyone’s childhood – as if they’re childhood or family universals.
Laboile describes his family’s life as “atypical,” and he might be right in a way – I know I never had a baby deer nibble at my toes when I was growing up. And more and more Western families these days find themselves living in urban settings, unlike the rural area his children explore in his photos. But the wonder in his images is beautiful and palpable.
Interestingly enough, Laboile says that he began as a sculptor, acquiring a camera only when he had to assemble a portfolio of his works. Photography seems to suit him well, however, as the wonder, mysticism and vital nature of his family photos seems to be a common element in most of his work, family-oriented or otherwise. Be sure to check out more of his work on his website!
“Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life: a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet… ”
“My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood. My photographs will be the testimony of that.”
“Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods.”
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