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On Reflection

Places That Were Not


Time After Time

Hide and Seek [2009]

This body of work depicts hidden swamps and marshes located in the remnants in Poland of the vast primeval forests that once covered most of Europe. Gersht was seeking locations that, at times of political conflict, had become places of refuge. “Hide and Seek” attempts to explore the dialectic between metaphysical and real places. Photography can only depict the reality that is physically present in front of the lens and Gersht was interested in finding places to photograph that do not, or did not, exist on the map and that, therefore, may be referred to as “no-places” or voids.