|Kin Subscription Series Number Two, Photographs by Todd Hido, Abner Nolan, |
Marianne Mueller and Alec Soth. Published by TBW Books, 2009.
Reviewed by Douglas Stockdale
Kin Subscription Series Number Two
Photographs by Todd Hido, Abner Nolan, Marianne Mueller and Alec Soth.
TBW Books, 2009. Softcover. 48 pp., Four volumes with four color illustrations, 6x8".
TBW Books is providing selected photographers with a unifying theme for an annual publication of four books co-published as a set. For the Subscription Series #2, the four photographic artists, Marianne Mueller (Noon), Todd Hido (Ohio), Alec Soth, (Sheep), and Abner Nolan, (Away), were invited to present a personal exploration of their work. Each photographer was provided with complete design control of the resulting book, with the only stipulation being that their photobook follow the overarching book size, printing and binding format of the series.
Abner Nolan utilizes found photographs to construct his narrative, which for Away is the remnants of a memory that might affectionately be call a road trip. For Nolan, the road trip is disjointed; a mash-up of fleeting experiences and encompasses fuzzy, fading and inconsistent content. The lead-in photograph of a convertible with the top down hints at unlimited potential opportunities for the ensuing journey, but the faded and poor condition of this photograph has darker undertones. The subsequent photographs narrate the up and down realities of such road trips. The narrative is ambiguous without a defined starting or ending point, which provides many opportunities to make this our own journey. Nolan's narrative tugs at my own memory and triggers recollection of my parent's road trips with my younger brother and sister, and similar to his faded photographs, my memories are becoming more indistinct with time. The family road trip was a seemingly endless journey to visit some majestic destination while intermittently stopping at the homes of relatives or family friends. My recall of visiting older relatives is as vague as Nolan's photographs, an indistinct face, a faint remembrance of a room, or snippet of an experience. I sense that for Nolan, his memories of road trips are now increasing melancholic experiences.
Kin Subscription Series Number Two, from Away by Abner Nolan. Published by TBW Books, 2009.
Kin Subscription Series Number Two, from Ohio by Todd Hido. Published by TBW Books, 2009.
Kin Subscription Series Number Two, from Noon by Marianne Mueller. Published by TBW Books, 2009.
Kin Subscription Series Number Two, from Sheep by Alec Soth. Published by TBW Books, 2009.
Douglas Stockdale is a photographer, author and writer when not working his day job. His photographic projects and stories explore questions from our dreams, experiences and memories. His first self-published book is In Passing and he recently completed his latest photo-project Insomnia: Hotel Noir. He is a photobook critic with his own photo-blog, The PhotoBook, available at www.thephotobook.wordpress.com. Douglas’s web site is www.douglasstockdale.com and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.