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Where You Come From is Gone by Jared Ragland and Cary Norton

Remembrance is just as prevalent in Birmingham-based fine art photographers Jared Ragland and Cary Norton’s collaborative project GUSDUGGER—of which the series Where You Come From Is Gone is included—as it was integral to the 2016 political campaign slogan: Make America Great Again, but the two could perhaps not be further divided. If MAGA remembers a time we as Americans are to reclaim, then Where You Come From Is Gone remembers what we took and the places deconstructed to make this country what it is today.

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Photography, It’s Time You Stop Looking at Yourself in the Mirror

Regarding this photography with strong themes of the authentic self—autobiography is hindering photography’s ability to create particular truths understood through metaphor and has been lost to an attempt at authentic personal narrative, especially a narrative of specificity and narrow margins of universality.

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Cohesion

Let’s not confuse disparate images tinged with melancholy or some other base emotion with ineffable beauty. We might begin that way in our image taking, might consider…

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