Geoffrey Agrons

Artist’s Statement of Geoffrey Agrons

I lived for many years in the southernmost county of New Jersey, a largely rural, flat, coastal area that is almost 60% water and home to the City of Cape May, the country’s oldest seaside resort.  As such, the region is a nexus of tourism, fragile ecosystems, weekend trophy homes, and remnants of the county’s early roots as a maritime and farming colony.  Today, the ocean as recreational destination has become the region’s economic life blood, its beaches replenished at great cost only to be lost again to the next nor’easter.

The yearning to build a life at the water’s edge may be coded within our genome.  I share this primal longing, and have always been drawn to the peculiar seasonal pulse of the coast, which varies daily as the summer crowds desert the beaches at twilight and seasonally as winter encroaches. I came to see the shoreline as a vast fragile stage punctuated by traces of human activity: the ordered pilings, decaying buildings and piers, dune fences, structural debris, and kitsch of a resort town.  Nevertheless, as concerns mount about the impact of global climate change, I find the assumption that we can maintain permanent coastal enclaves both troubling and touching, as this deeply human urge may transcend common sense.

About Geoffrey Ansel Agrons

As a diagnostic radiologist, I spent my workdays in darkened reading rooms interpreting “photographs” of the human interior. I gradually recognized that an aesthetic appreciation of the images was deeply entwined-yet somehow distinct-from the rigor of anatomic analysis, logic, and problem solving. In the digital era the disciplines of still photography and radiology have converged, and it seemed a natural step to pick up a camera and explore the greater world. In the process, I found respite in feeling rather than thinking.