Of Truth of Water and Ruskin's Pond

John Ruskin, John Woodman

Art, Photography, Ruskin, Water
John Ruskin
Unipress Cumbria
John Woodman


Of Truth And Water is reproduced from Vol. 1 of John Ruskin's major work 'Modern Painters', which was first published in 1843. It is an excellent example of Ruskin's distinctive and eloquent art criticism in which he considers how painters have represented water. In its totality this book provides inspired examples of historical and contemporary writings that can assist the current reappraisal of our relationship with the physical, spiritual and the natural.

Ruskin's Pond is a photographic study by John Woodman. The act of viewing a series of photographs is an important aspect of Woodman's work and these sequences of images are presented as representations which depict visual difference and transformation - a contemplation on light and the passing of time. 'Ruskin's Pond' was created over the course of a year in Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill, in London. It was while living at Denmark Hill that John Ruskin wrote the early volumes of 'Modern Painters', including his influential account of the changing representation of water in art.