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Photography: Eric Ruby paints a portrait of mortality in this stark series

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

Eric Ruby is based in Massachussetts, USA, which to my somewhat geographically-illiterate brain is about as far away from urban London as I can imagine. Indeed it must be, if the photographs from his series Do Not Go Gentle are anything to go by. Creating a new image of mortality from a juxtaposition of portraiture and landscape photography, Eric alludes to the very famous Dylan Thomas poem, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, using a desert-like setting which is all the more alluring for its strangeness. Bleak expanses of bleached white sand littered with gravelly stones sit next to images of the life-worn wrinkled faces of several old men, interspersed with ambiguously boney, feathery creatures. It’s a curiously arranged series, but it works a treat.

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

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