Hello! This is @robin_de_puy, and this week I'm sharing my project RANDY, an intimate portrait of a boy growing up in Ely, Nevada. --- Robin de Puy's 8000-mile road trip, which would form the basis of her first photobook If this is True (2016) had almost come to an end as she motorcycled through Ely, Nevada on 7 July 2015. Not ready to return home yet, she decided to stay for a few days. That night she discovered Randy. He rode past – fast – but in that split-second glimpse of him De Puy knew: she had to find out who this boy was. About that first encounter she wrote: “Randy, a fragile looking boy, striking face, big ears – a puppy, a golden retriever waiting for the ball to be thrown, (too) naive. "Can I photograph you?" I asked him. The question was met with a shrug and a look both anxious and curious, a look that seemed to say so much and so little. Then he responded with a wholehearted yes.” No sooner said than done: De Puy took his picture, left the town a few days later, and that was it – at least it seemed so at the time. But back in Amsterdam, Randy kept on popping into her head from time to time – now that she had met this boy, it was impossible to stop at that single image. On returning to visit him at the end of 2016, then again in February 2017, and once more in May 2017, she turns him inside out, looks at him, stares at him. And he lets her do this. “Never before have I met someone who gives me so much space to watch, to observe him.” --- An exhibition of this work, which includes photographs and videos, is on view at the Bonnefantenmuseum in The Netherlands from January 26-May 13; Hannibal (@hannibal_publishing) also recently published the series as a photobook.