|The Pond, Photographs by John Gossage. |
Published by Aperture, 2010.
Reviewed by George Slade_________________________
John Gossage The Pond
Photographs by John Gossage. Text by Gerry Badger, Toby Jurovics.
Aperture, 2010. Hardbound. 108 pp., 52 duotone illustrations, 11-3/4x11".
You probably know that a vixen is a female fox. But did you know that a group of foxes is known as a "skulk?" And that while an encounter with a single fox is a good omen, meeting up with a skulk has ill portents? Ah, the things you can find when you Google "fox as symbol."
John Gossage reminds me of a fox. There's a trickster in his mien, talented in camouflage and cunning in his ability to maneuver and effect subtle change. Just unwrap the dust jacket of the new Pond for an example; the cover design of the original 1985 edition's dust jacket, accurate in all details, is there. You could almost make someone believe you had the first edition by just turning the jacket inside-out. You could almost make someone believe, if they weren't attentive, that the new jacket is the same as the old one.
(That original dust jacket, by the way, turned me into a bibliomane. It was a bit larger than most, and I bought a special roll of DEMCO's jacket-protecting sleeve material to cover it. The manic collector born then was pleased to see the new Pond still has an image adhered to its front board, a detail well worth noticing and protecting.)
George Slade, a longtime contributor to photo-eye, is the programs manager and curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He continues to post content on his blog, re:photographica.