Tabitha Soren: Surface Tension

Tabitha Soren’s project Surface Tension is made by shooting the grime and debris that accumulates on her iPad. The background images are appropriated from her various devices through social media, images texted to her and from her web history. Soren creates the images about digital culture with an analogue large format view camera. 

Publisher: RVB Books 2021

Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books
Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books

The vigorous and expressive gestures on the surface of the image reflect the conflict between reality and fiction and between our embodied lives and our online, mediated lives. The photographs put in sharp focus what we normally try to look past and ignore on our screens. The images show the dystopian outside world swirling with the fingerprints and greasy smears of our embodied selves. The human markings are seemingly at odds with the chilly detachment and objectivity of the information that flows towards us, unrelentingly. In this project, the viewer is forced to see an everyday object in a way they usually don’t.

Publisher’s Info

Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books
Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books

By The Way


Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books
Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog
© Tabitha Soren by courtesy of RVB Books
Tabitha Soren - Surface Tension - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Surface Tension by Tabitha Soren published by RVB Books September 2021 | Essay by Jia Tolentino | 22,4 x 34 cm | Hard cover | 64 pages, 41 colour photographs | ISBN 978-2-492175-08-4c. Available here.

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Tabitha Soren explores the expansive power of photography by pushing its material limits and embracing its unreliable nature. She probes the surface of the photograph to unlock the rich history of the medium and experiments with sculptural and painterly interventions to further complicate the inherent uncertainty of the source. This layered approach underscores not only the bounds of the viewer’s perception but also makes visible the psychological states of Soren’s subject matter, creating a tension between what is seen and what lies underneath. Books: Fantasy Life (Aperture, 2017), Trace (Yoffy Press, 2018) and Surface Tension (RVB Books, 2021).

Artist: https://www.tabithasoren.com/

Links: (1) Nearest Truth Photography Podcast Ep. 237 Tabitha Soren in conversation with Brad Feuerhelm

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