Members' Gallery Geoffrey Ansel Agrons

Statement ·

The uneasy coexistence between human populations and the natural world interests me as a photographer.  I am intrigued by transition and impermanence, and favor material that leaves an inchoate emotional residue-that haunting suspicion that we may have forgotten something important in our inattention to the sensual realm.  I suppose most of my photographs are mementos mori (although I have come to think of them as melancholigraphs).

"Big Big Love". Night cottage, Cape May, New Jersey. Palladium print on hand-coated vellum.

"Beck, a Building". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Fear of the Marketplace". Approaching thunderstorm, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Anomie II". Residential building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Snow Plume Study". Blizzard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Credit Default Swap". Steam grate in the snow, Second National Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Two Park Benches". Blizzard, Washington Square Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Twenty-one Starlings". Autumn birds in the rain, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Picnic with Persephone". Still life with pomegranate.

"Exiled From Our Past". Not long after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area I discovered Blake Garden, a landscape laboratory and public garden teaching facility in Kensington, California. As a photographer, I had grown deeply interested in the episodic shifting of light and mood produced by the dense coastal fog peculiar to the region, and began to explore the shrouded garden paths through medium format and infrared cameras. My walks led to unplanned encounters with enigmatic installations that invited contemplation, but did not immediately speak to a coherent narrative or purpose. I would later learn that these interventions were part of Revealing the Landscape, a project of students in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the University of California, Berkeley. The student's work, which seemed to echo the paradoxical language of dreams, appealed to my fascination with incongruous intersections of nature and human activity. The fog added poignancy to their delicacy and transience. On my return to Blake Garden after several weeks, I found the installations had been removed without a trace.

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