Thomas Gainsborough’s painting, "Mr and Mrs Andres", shows a white married couple sitting for a portrait overlooking their land, the husband holding a gun under his arm. In his project, "Ownership Society: A Conundrum," photographer Richard Lou evokes the painting and explores issues of race, property ownership, and gun culture. By placing property owning friends in similar landscapes, Lou calls into question stereotypical images of power within modern America. Click here to see Richard Lou’s project "Ownership Society: A Conundrum."
"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, — all in one." — John Ruskin