Feeling the weight of American politics and the tedious routine of adult life, I found a visual antidote in Alain Laboile’s Summer of the Fawn. Transported to his corner of village life in France, I get to hang out with his children who make their home and gardens a playground of artful frolic: finding deer antlers! Climbing hay bales! Wearing a tutu instead of clothing! Drawing, painting, running with dogs, and no doubt falling asleep exhausted but happy at day’s end. A beautifully feral existence that makes me happy to just know it is happening somewhere.
Laura Moya is the director of Photolucida, in Portland, Oregon. She organizes Photolucida’s biennial Portfolio Reviews event, Critical Mass programming, and Portland Photo Month. She has reviewed and juried for many organizations, most recently LensCulture’s Art Photography Awards. www.photolucida.org