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Sally Gall

Julie Saul Gallery

Sally Gall’s idyllic, gelatin silver-print landscapes record the natural world with precision, but not without artifice: they are less documents of place than romantic evocations of a world untouched by man. By recreating the landscape through carefully composed black and white images and by selectively diffusing the light during the printing process, the artist presents a world that is heartbreakingly beautiful, but at the same time completely fabricated—reminding us gently, before we grow too sentimental, that there is really no such thing as natural beauty.

Each photograph is startlingly sensual, seductive; but each has been noticeably enhanced by the artist’s touch, representing not just a particular place at a particular moment in time, but a moment of individual yearning. Nature takes on a heightened realism: these works simultaneously freeze a moment in time and suggest, through

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