According to Freud, the human personality is formed by the age of five. Our experience in familiar relationships shapes us and is something we carry for the rest of our lives. In fact, these beginning patterns and relationships have such an enormous impact on us; we continue to repeat them over and over again. As a person grows and evolves, new stories are created. Yet they are always manifested and can be traced back to the very beginning of our conception.
The camera enables me to explore people and their stories within the dynamics of a certain environment and space. The picture usually occurs in family homes or other personal places. Dynamics between children and adults are integral to the stories. Children often discover themselves through the eyes of an adult. Communication, gesture, desire, love, and sexuality are learned here. Therefore the photographs seek to record these interactions.
Gillian Laub was born in 1975 and currently lives in New York City. She studied photojournalism at the International Center for Photography and comparative literature and psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has been exhibited at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery and the West Chelsea Art Center, both in New York City. On assignment for New York Times Magazine, Gillian photographed her hometown of Chappaqua, NY and debutants in New Orleans. Additionally her images have been published in the London Times, Spin, Vibe, Detour, and The Source. She is currently working on a project throughout the United States documenting adult and children beauty pageants.