The forty-seven color photographs in this impressive début were taken over a period of six months in rural, run-down Humboldt County, California. But, despite this immersion, Hatleberg maintained the cool gaze of a curious passerby. Conventional portraits are rare. Instead, people seem to have wandered into the frame, oblivious to the camera. Trashed rugs carpet a clearing in the woods; a little girl picks roses from an untended bush, seen by a keen eye that’s both objective and tender.
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