As a young student, Ottawa-based photographer Abigail Gossage took a darkroom course at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a decision that was to have broad repercussions later in life. A hiatus in her photographic life ensued when she raised her family but after nearly 30 years she returned to her photographic pursuits with enthusiam.
Currently Gossage divides her time between the city, country and travel. Primarily known for her scenes of urban and rural landscapes, she is continuing to explore contemporary narratives through both medium-format film and digital media.
One of the founding members of Studio 255, she continues to show her work both as a solo artist and as part of the studio group. Recent exhibitions have featured the cityscapes of Berlin, Paris, Ottawa and Chicago and Moscow, Russia. Her solo exhibition Memories of Mexico 1958 was exhibited in the Ottawa City Atrium Gallery in October 2014. Her photography has been exhibited in various Ottawa galleries and her work has been published in Canadian Camera, Photolife, Photosho, Black and White Magazine and most recently Lensworks Trilogies 2022. In 2011 she was a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition run internationally from Great Britain. Her photographs can be found in the Public Art division of the City of Ottawa and in various private collections and board rooms. During 2014-15 Gossage was Artist in Residence at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO).