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In his giant outdoor studio where he controls space, time, and light, Alain Laboile watches his six children. He captures moments of nothing, the unexpected as the expected, the blooming as the outbreak, imagination as banality. His tracking shots put everything on hold: the passage of time, the waltz of the clouds, the leaves in the wind. He shapes the humble material of everyday life like organic matter, enchanting it. It is certainly not paradise, nor the angels' dream life; just life and nothing else.
I recently traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the home to the Oglala Lakota Nation and I met with the women that are the backbone of the community and keepers of their ancient wisdom. These photos presented are stills from my upcoming feature documentary film about the Native Women that live on the Indian reservations in America. Their stories of loss, suicide, murder and epidemic meth addiction amongst their community are mirrored by their deep ancestral roots, traditional ceremony, prayer, and hope.