Tuesday, March 6, 2012

John Gardner, Nothing to say

John Gardner is a photographer living in Terre Haute, Indiana. I had the pleasure of seeing his work at the Swope Art Museum, where it is part of the exhibition “Reflecting Terre Haute” (closes March 10). Gardner is represented by a slide-show of his Nothing to say, black-and-white photographs of Terre Haute’s empty signs.

Elaine and I have grown to love the Queen City of the Wabash. It is faded, friendly, and unpretentious. It has several small museums— here’s a post on one — and its own Taj Mahal, an excellent Indian restaurant. Here’s a photograph of my favorite not-empty Terre Haute sign.

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Daughter Number Three said...

Thanks for sharing that. I especially love his thoughts on the meaning of honking.

Anonymous said...

"It is faded, friendly, and unpretentious" seems like a novelist's way of saying "economic collapse." But then as we age and become less relevant in a changing world, maybe we are "faded, friendly, and unpretentious."