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“John Gossage photographed a small, unnamed pond between Washington, D.C., and Queenstown, Maryland, between 1981 and 1985. The title was intended to recall Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but Gossage advocated a more all-embracing view of the landscape, exploring the less idealized spaces that border America’s cities and suburbs. Although many of the images in The Pond appear unruly or uncared for, Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places.”

Smithsonian American Art Museum

I was actually told about this work by a university colleague who recommend I check it out as it had a similar concept to the work of Joel Sternfeld’s Walking the High Line, in the sense of documenting a place. Once looking a the photographs by Gossage I could say his work links into my project a bit by the reflections of sun you can see hitting the pond, his photographs are all well lit. I really enjoyed looking through this series of work as said,

“Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places”

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