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Common Ground: Irwin

Common Ground: Irwin

N41º08.910’ W73º30.533’ 333ft.

Exhibition presented by New Canaan Museum & Historical Society 

May 8-November 3, 2019

in Gores Pavilion, Irwin Park, New Canaan, CT


 My Common Ground series is inspired by a desire to connect with past and future experiences shared on the common ground of public parks and gardens. As a New Canaan resident, both Irwin and Waveny parks hold inherent meaning for me given their varied habitats and local history as former private homes.


To me Irwin Park feels like an outdoor museum with a rotating collection. Manageable enough in size to circle completely on each visit, the park provides the satisfying opportunity to track changes in nature from one day to the next. There is a blossoming discovery around each bend in your path.


All the photographs in this exhibit were created at Irwin Park over the past four years. A shallow depth of field as seen in these images can only be examined through the help of the camera lens. Anchored and titled by the GPS coordinates, the images represent my subjective response to that specific place and point in time within the park. 


Among the many features of Gores Pavilion that capture me are the clean lines and graduated experience of light. Walking through the shaded entrance, you emerge into the intimate gallery space lined with transom windows and then into the central room walled with windows. This design creates an experience that I often hope to generate in my photographs—discovering an opening or light filled space beyond a foreground obstacle.

2015-present, Archival pigment prints

18.25” edition of 10, 28.5” edition of 5, 40” edition of 3

5 prints reserved for custom size orders.

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