Young American photographer Dru Donovan's photographs are ambiguous and sensitive and compelling. Looking at the images, its hard to know whether her work is staged, or more reportage based. She graduated from Yale last year, but information on her or her work is scant, which actually serves to make the images more intriguing and open to interpretation.
Taking place in a strange suburban limbo, and dealing with issues like body image and the awkwardness of teenage years, Donovan's work shows subjects seemingly uncomfortable in themselves, often awkward in front of the lens. There are shades of Diane Arbus with her uncanny knack of capturing weirdness in mundane situations, but it's Donavan's ability to capture the vulnerability in her subjects in such a thoughtful way that makes her work so powerful. A talent to watch.
All images © Dru Donovan