Something in the Way

Title: Something in the Way

Photographer/s: Scott Hubener

Date of publication: 2011

Dimensions: 9.5×8 inches

Type of binding: Softcover

Number of pages: 52

Type of paper: Mohawk Premium Lustre

Number of pictures: 39

Printer: Blurb

Language: English

Category: Artist Book (Photography)

Price: $35

Summary: Within the photographs of Something in the Way, people are depicted absorbed in thought or task, and a sense of ennui overshadows their existence. We cannot see into their thoughts, but we are informed of the subject’s situation by the details of the setting: lying in a bed laden with suitcases, isolated in a motel room, a child sitting with a doll. Present within the work is the theme of interiority vs. exteriority. This plays out visually within the photographs, first of exteriors of homes and the landscape in general, then juxtaposed with photographs of interiors of homes and the subjects within those walls. The subjects depicted also are representational of this theme. Their interior thoughts are masked by their exterior appearance, which is only a phenomenological representation.
In large part, these images consist of portraits of my family and friends, as well as the homes and interior spaces they occupy. I photographed objects and possessions within the homes, which are significant for the meaning they hold for the owners as well as their implications and associations for the viewer. Mundane human rituals interest me as well, and banal scenes like sitting around a table to eat, preparing food, smoking, or simply staring reflectively. Within the framing and composition, there is often space around the subjects, allowing them to fill their environment and illustrate their absorption in a task or action. These images depict the subject apparently unaware of the presence of the camera and enthralled in a chore or thought.
Even as the images suggest an overshadowing or isolation, there is also present the possibility of transformation, and the grace of the subject itself is by no means suppressed. There is something in the way an expression reveals or conceals thoughts, in the way the light falls, or in the way a gesture expresses elegance. The work is sequenced in a way that oscillates between warm and cool. This theme parallels that of the interiority and exteriority of the images. The warmth comes from inside the structures, where people can seek comfort and respite from the harshness of the elements. The exteriors are often cool, depicting snow and harsh weather. The interiors are duplicitous, however. While they offer comfort, they also enforce isolation. The balance, harmony and rhythm of life is reliant on this dichotomy, where the in-between moments become as significant as the momentous ones.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 1979 Gainesville, FL

Website: www.scotthubener.com

Book link: http://www.blurb.com/books/2515158

Donated by: Scott Hubener

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The Indie Photobook Library / West Elm reading room at the PPAC Book Fair, April 24-25, 2015

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For the fifth year in a row, the Indie Photobook Library will be at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair presenting a selection of new photobooks to the archive with a nod to photobook makers in the Asia-Pacific and Mexico!

Come get comfortable with a good photobook in the the West Elm sponsored Indie Photobook Library reading room.

The Annex on Filbert
830 Filbert Street, Philadelphia
Free and open to the public

Friday, April 24th; 11am-9pm
Saturday, April 25th; 10am-6pm

B O O K S :

Asia-Pacific
Salt by Emma Phillips

Dominion by Wawi Navarozza, published by STEPHANIAN x Studio Wawi Navarroza

Incipient Strangers by Yoshikatsu Fujii

Within You Without You by Kate Golding

Nebulous by Taku Onoda

Gold Coast by Ying Ang

Lit by Ana Kras & Marija Strajnic, published by Bloom Publishing

JAPAN-GO-ROUND by Maki Hayashida

Alone Together by Mi-Yeon, published by Kaya Books


Mexico
EX CORDE by Rodrigo Ramos

Moises by Mariela Scancari

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Colima / Jalisco (issue 2) by Roberto Salazar

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Dos Aniversarios (issue 1) by Roberto Salazar

Carpoolers by Alejandro Cartagena


A Thousand Ancestors by Michelle Arcila, Eivind Opsvik, published by Loyal Label

Bielefeld, Kevelaer, Horumersiel by Geirmundur Klein

Tierra Brava by Paul Turounet

Adrift by Magda Biernat

Sea Change by Christine Redmond, published by APB

Again and again by Peter Hoffman

After Geography by Andrew Fedynak, published by Zatara Press

Three Routines by John Gossage

Volunteer by Paul Seawright, published by APB

Primer by Karolina Karlic

Photourist by Andy Gershon, published by Daniel 13

Things Boulders Ate by Peter Happel Christian, published by Mystery Spot Books

She Comes in Color by Florian Braakman

Double Blind by Marion Denis, published by Revolver Publishing

Wild Pigeon by Carolyn Drake

Beautiful Pig by Ben Schonberger (second edition)

Tar Beach Blind by Curtis Hamilton

A Sudden Drop by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson

Art Fare by Andy Freeberg, published by Sojourn Books

The Canaries by Thilde Jensen

Alex Cretey Systermans published by Selektor Magazine

Late Spring by Debby Huysmans, published by APE

transmontanus by Salvi Danés, published by Ediciones Anómalas

Processed Views by Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman

Speaking of Scars by Teresa Eng

Touch by Peter Dekens, published by The Eriskay Connection

Escape by Antonio Eugenio

We Saw it Before You published by Hillvale

Salix Polaris by Anka Sielska

Woodland by Andrea Papi, published by Monkeyphoto

“Потом/after a while” by Natalia Baluta

Some Los Angeles Apartments by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson, published by Multinational Enterprises

Selections from Joint Photographic Survey edited by Adam C Ryder

Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William and Mary, published by College of William & Mary

Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Trent Parke, published by Little Brown Mushroom Books

Calvin Klein: The Dyslexic Collection by Jan Dirk van der Burg

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers by Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal, published by Search Party Press

Creatures of Habit published by Landlocked

Young Soul Rebels by Dennis Schoenberg

No Direction Left to Turn by Di Emerson and Paul Garcia

Panorama by Sebastian Mejia, published by Daga Ediciones

Stone Turner by Bea Nettles


Selections by Larissa Leclair and Alexis Lodsun.

For a list of exhibitors and programming, visit http://www.phlartbookfair.com/.

Exhibition Catalog for “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”

More about the exhibition here, here and here.
Order the book here.
Thank you to Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books who did such an outstanding job designing the iPL’s first exhibition catalog!

“…the Indie Photobook Library is fast becoming one of Washington’s more interesting small collections.” – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post Express, November 9, 2011

Panorama

Panorama © Sebastian Mejia

Title: Panorama

Photographer/s: Sebastian Mejia

Date of publication: September 2014

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 - we always lie to strangers © Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Title:Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers

Photographer/s: Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal

Date of publication: 2014

Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection

Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection © Jan Dirk van der Burg

Title: Calvin Klein, the dyslexic collection

Photographer/s: Jan Dirk van der Burg

Date of publication: 27-01-2015

A Thousand Ancestors

A Thousand Ancestors © Michelle Arcila

Title: A Thousand Ancestors

Photographer/s: Michelle Arcila

Contributor/s: Eivind Opsvik (Music)

Date of publication: December 2nd 2014

Ex Corde

Ex Corde © Rodrigo A. Ramos

Title: Ex Corde

Photographer/s: Rodrigo A. Ramos

Contributor/s: Rodrigo A. Ramos

Date of publication: September 2013

Transmontanus

Transmontanus © Salvi Danés

Title: Transmontanus

Photographer/s: Salvi Danés

Date of publication: 1/09/2014

F L O C K

F L O C K

Title: F L O C K

Photographer/s: Ken Grant

Date of publication: 2014

Sea Change

Sea Change

Title: Sea Change

Photographer/s: Christine Redmond

Contributor/s: Ian Bamford (text)

Date of publication: 2014

Volunteer

Volunteer

Ttile: Volunteer

Photographer/s: Paul Seawright

Date of publication: December 2013