There is much debate online about whether his images exploit the subjects and perpetuate negative stereotypes about rural poverty, but I say no. I see families, I see community, and I see connection in his photographs. Most importantly, I see a piece of Maine that I recognize.
In fact, I see the Maine I wrote about in Show Me Good Land. These are my characters, or their cousins, without a doubt. Rubin does with images, what I attempted in prose.
Well done, Steve Rubin. Well done. I hope when you return to Maine, I have the opportunity to meet you.