Dana Lauren Goldstein is bohemianism incarnate, or, at the very least, she photographs it. While I realize that the Punk scene is not one typically associate with other bohemian staples such as the Beats Generation of the 50’s and the Hippie Counterculture of the 60’s and early 70’s. But, really, when considering the essence of what Bohemian culture represents, the expunging of consumerism (her work for Converse notwithstanding), the idealizing of iconoclasm (the irony notwithstanding), it is easy to notice the relationship between Punk and Bohemia.
Goldstein focuses her portraiture on a marginalized community. The intimacy with which she captures this community is unsettling, if only because the photographs are so candid. In fact, Goldstein’s documentary style is perhaps the most emotive aspect of her work. Focus and framing be damned. Color composition can go to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks (Hey! This a family blog). Goldstein captures life as it happens and makes no apologies for it. And she has no need to.
As legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock once said, “In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.” Perhaps this is the most inviting feature of Goldstein’s work: that something else is directing (I doubt that she or her punk contemporaries would venture so far as to declare the director “God,” but still, you get the point). Goldstein is just the vassal to the lens, coaxing us to see as she sees.
Check out more of her work at http://www.danalaurengoldstein.com.