Coexistence


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In the summer of 2010, Stephen Gill was asked if he would be interested in photographing an area containing a pond situated within an industrial wasteland - the remains of the deceased steelmaking industry in Dudelange, Luxembourg. Grappling with the idea of knitting together these parts of life that coexist but don't belong together, nor are ever usually seen together, Gill decided to make a photographic study that would resemble a kind of tapestry. For him, the territory showed many parallels between patterns and processes in the pond and those in our own lives as individual humans within societies. He could not bring the people to the pond, so he dipped his underwater camera into its water prior to making portraits of the Dudelange residents. Later on, he also dipped the prints into the pond itself, so microscopic life was also transferred onto the surface of the paper.

This review has been featured in GUP #36.

The book is available in 6 different marbled covers (edition of 1500 copies) from Nobody Books.

See more of Stephen Gill's work on his website.



 


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