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.