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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Libby Rowe

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: South Central


I am interested in the subtle differences between pondering, reflection, meditation, rumination and when these seemingly harmless contemplations turn to a more decidedly negative, and often detrimental, dwelling.
I am intrigued by the dual meaning of the word dwelling. How the "mental state" of dwelling is seen as definitively negative, but the "home" dwelling is at definition neutral but in reality holds the potential for both positive and negative associations.
This series of photographs uses physical dwellings made from materials that, along with their environments, suggest a state of contemplation.

When the Bough Breaks

Stress Fracture

Green House Effect

What Came Before

Domestic Bliss

Modular Dwelling

Domestic Bliss

We All Fall Down

Go Forth and Multiply

Dirty Laundry

Seen But Not Heard

Swept Away


What Once Was



The Matter of Time

Dust to Dust

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