If you don’t already know about Mochilla, you should know about it immediately. Per the website:
“Mochilla is a production company formed by photographers Eric Coleman and B+ in 1997. The pair were working together on a music video for DJ Shadow near the pyramids outside Mexico City. One day during a conversation with the Mexican producer in an attempt to explain their philosophy of shooting they stumbled on the Spanish word for backpack. Mochilla.”
And tonight, one of the founders/collaborators is showing his work on the East Side. I’m a big fan of Eric Coleman’s photography, not only because he’s LA-born-and-raised (like I am), but because he captures a rawness of the subjects he shoots. His photos exude a visual and abstract brightness, shedding light on primitive emotions and experiences. I love his New Orleans series; he speaks honestly about what he sees. He doesn’t offer hyperbolic or contrived messages. He doesn’t claim to know the cultural subtext. He explores openmindedly, and as viewers, we get to explore with him. Gotta love that.