Dream About Nothing
Published by Loose Joints

Individually, Bobby Doherty’s photographs are quite clear. In front of you, a flower, a drinks can, a courgette, next an alloy wheel. But collectively their meanings become distorted. A photo of a popsicle carries a different weight once it is opposite a battered butterfly. But what are you meant to be looking at? Doherty's images attempt to overwhelm the viewer with questions about what we consider mundane, and what we view as special, in order to ask a greater question: one that transcends “why this over that” but instead, “why anything at all?”

In Dream About Nothing, Doherty embarks on a more introspective articulation of his remarkably consistent visual practice. He invites us to pull back from the visually-tumbling-image-overload language that much of contemporary still-life and observational photography relents itself to, instead placing, with utmost care and precision, a line of observed things and places before your eyes. What does it all mean?

Doherty takes this question more seriously than the serotonin colours and satisfying framing of his images may suggest. Across five years of continuously photographing within and without the studio, Doherty rhymes images into a place where their categories break down, stripping away much of the warmer language of his previous book, Seabird. These pictures ask us to feel, albeit somewhat uncomfortably, the essence of a photographic voice, pulling at the seams of visual categories, asking both more and less of us from each photograph. From the big to the small, the broken to the pristine, Dream About Nothing shows Bobby Doherty making magic, as he rushes to the next photograph, waiting for you to turn the next page.

『Dream About Nothing』의 사진은 하나하나가 개별적으로 명확하지만, 모아서 보면 의미가 왜곡되어 다른 무게를 가집니다. 바비 도허티 Bobby Doherty는 사진을 통해 우리가 보통 생각하는 일상적인 것과 특별한 것에 대한 의문을 제기하며, 이를 통해 우리에게 더 큰 질문을 던지기도 합니다. 그의 작품은 각각의 이미지를 통해 우리에게 무엇을 보여줄 것인지가 아니라, 왜 우리가 어떤 것을 보는 것인지에 대한 깊은 고찰을 요구합니다.

미국 뉴욕 브루클린을 기반으로 활동하는 사진가인 바비 도허티의 작업은 구성에 대한 섬세한 접근과 세밀한 디테일에 대한 시선이 특징입니다. 그는 2013년부터 2018년까지 뉴욕 매거진 New York Magazine의 사진가였으며, 루이 비통 Louis Vuitton, 애플 Apple, 오프 화이트 Off White, 스와로브스키 Swarovski, 맥 코스메틱 Mac Cosmetics의 상업 사진을 촬영하기도 했습니다.






November 2023

ISBN 9781912719501

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