Last Friday, one of my good friends, Eric McLaughlin, had one of his (color!) photographs featured in his first “not-on-campus gallery show” in a Phantom Gallery in Long Beach, California. Although he and I do not share the same taste in music (though I am VERY SLOWLY converting =p), I’ve always enjoyed Eric’s photography. One Christmas he gave me one of his prints as a gift, but I have still yet to frame and immortalize it on my wall. But despite my adoration for his work, I was unable to make it to the show (as well as dinner at his father’s restaurant afterward!).
For as long as I can remember, Eric has always shot in black & white. When he used to live in San Francisco, he would haunt the streets in the middle of the night with camera and tripod in hand. His composition, use of contrast between light and dark, in addition to his desolate settings, create calm yet eerie imageries. Though seemingly simple, Eric’s photographs speak volumes. It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
“Speak softly but carry a big stick.” – Theodore Roosevelt
I will try to visit the gallery before the exhibit changes but if I don’t get to see it in time, I know I’ll always have some good eats waiting for me at At Last Cafe.
Photograph © 2009 Eric McLaughlin