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Book Review: Yoyo By Subo

Book Review: Yoyo By Subo

© Mehr zu Su Bo

© Mehr zu Su Bo

By Tyler Austin

The older we get the more blind we become.

As we grow older and become more and more engrossed with the demands of life, the less we seem to notice in our everyday. We get so consumed with everything going on around us that we forget to take a step back and see the roses that rest right below us. In his recent book, Yoyo, renowned photographer Subo cautions us to remember “the path is endless, no need for haste.”

We overlook things that are directly in front of us, objects and scenes that on the surface don’t appear noteworthy. Well finally, the underappreciated art that we interact with on a regular basis is given a spotlight under the lens of Subo’s camera.

”When we look at our environment we hardly ever look at our nose” Subo says in an interview that concludes his book. “Noses have been taken for granted for a long time and are never paid any attention. But they are always there. What beauty is inherent in the seemingly small and insignificant?”  

The book is filled with images of the everyday, each of which plays with a different photographic element: color contrast, foreground, focus, framing etc. Every now and then we’re gifted with an image that veers from the suspected norm, like a lounging peacock in a field or the pointed glass shards of a broken window.

Every spread within the book has an image that is either complemented with a blank page or another seemingly unrelated image. When asked what the connection between the images might be Subo replied, “for me these photographs are like words, whose deeper meaning is only revealed in their relation to one another.”

Yoyo is a book that reminds us that there is everlasting beauty in the everyday: the looming shadows of a plant against the walls of a house, the crystallized shards of glass in a shattered window or the sharp reflection of trees in a still puddle. It’s important to stop and smell the roses as we get consumed by all that life asks of us and Subo’s oyo is a perfect reminder of how beautiful they can be.

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