Ward Long used to live alone. When he lost his lease at the start of summer, his friend Ara said there might be an open room on Montgomery Street for a few months. At first, he wondered why they let him live there. His new housemates had an everyday physical, emotional, and spiritual closeness; it was infectious.
He was infatuated with their friendships, in love with their strength and grace, enchanted with everything. The house was full of the mismatched belongings of so many long gone roommates, but eventually he fit in just fine. When nothing matches, everything belongs. Though intimate and private, Summer Sublet welcomes us to a space filled with kindness, humanity, ease, and self-possession. The clutter makes room for us too.
Ward Long is a photographer living in Oakland, California. He received his MFA in Photography at the University of Hart- ford, and has exhibited his work at the Houston Center for Photography, the SFO Museum, and SF Camerawork. He was awarded Flash Forward by the Magenta Foundation, and received a Beth Block grant from the Houston Center of Photography. His self-published books have been exhibited nationally, and his work is held in numerous collections, including the Univer- sity of Virginia and Pier 24 Photography. He teaches photography and bookmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute.
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