“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost..." 

— J.R.R. Tolkein

"Gardner most often photographs those aspects of American life that possess some combination of the idiosyncratic, the incongruous, the hyperactive, and the surreal. He does not pass judgement, neither glorifying nor condemning his subjects. Rather he cherishes them as objects of visual delight and as icons of American culture whose significations have all the density and ambiguity of a dream."

— George Dimock