Machiel Botman values looking at himself above looking at others. His photography may be "dark" at first sight, dark in meaning and dark in imagery: unclear, moved and sometimes gloomy. It is the kind of photography that seems a reaction to the romantic, warm, humane image of the fifties. Rainchild is a lushly printed book, rife with dramatic shadows and up-close portraits. It works as a dark, story-like piece, with whispering imagery from the drama of life.