Jason Gowans's "Five Landscapes Modes"

June 30, 2014

Five Landscape Modes is a series of sculptural landscape photographs by Jason Gowans. Working with found imagery, he collected 35mm negatives from thrift stores, scans from books, and photos from online sources. “When I’m missing pieces of a composition, that’s when I’ll go out and photograph. Photographing, for me, is just finding a piece of a puzzle to complete the image”, he explains in an interview with DailyServing.

Gowans then builds plywood maquettes to serve as a canvas for the photographs, and documents these three dimensional pieces with a 4x5 camera. Re-photographing the printed surfaces pushes and pulls focal points, with his final documentation creating a precise hyperrealism. Exhibiting the prints alone allows viewers to form their own judgments about the scale and depth of each sculpture, reinforcing the poetic mystery of landscapes themselves.

Jason Gowans received a BFA in photography at Concordia University in Montreal and now works in Vancouver as a photography technician and director of Gallery 295. He also founded The Everything Company art collective, hosting speakeasy nights and community-focused gallery events.

Text by Linnea Stephan