Ciarly Crain has an engaging manner that places her subjects at ease making that moment on film one that is as comfortable for them as it is rewarding for her. The viewer of the final product is another beneficiary and joins in this enjoyment.
Her work includes street photography - a genre that the New York Times called, "…shots of everyday people living out their private lives in public". They demonstrate her approach to photography by capturing character and life experiences reflected in faces and gestures.
Although this portrays only a single day in the community life of South Louisiana in the early '80's, Ciarly was able to harness an imagery of celebration and good fun in Mamou that is typical of the Cajun culture. Living life to the fullest.