In the Garden

These recent photographs were taken in formal English and Italian gardens. The shape and mystery of these places are a natural draw for me as they offer glimpses of the rich traditions of garden making. I am interested in garden history and historical concepts of paradise, and aim for pictures that have a meditative quality to reflect the spiritual urges that inspired the earliest gardens some six thousand years ago. My images are not depictive. I use the land before me as a jumping off point, implying light or shadow where perhaps there was none, as a way to create my own path through the garden. In fact, by positioning the lens, cropping my prints, and using burning and dodging to guide the viewer's eye through a picture, I feel that I too am a gardener in a sense. I am after that "slant of curious light" that is the genius of a place.

This project has been funded in part by generous grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Audio Interview - In a Secret Garden

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The Pinetum, Wakehurst Place
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Trees, Hidcote Place
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Trees, Blenheim Palace
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Pillar Garden, The Courts
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Meadow of Columns, Boboli Gardens
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Six Trees, Batemans
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Ivied Tree, Wakehurst Place
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Fountain, Stanway
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Nuttery, Sissinghurst
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Girl and Boy, Sissinghurst
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Yew Walk, Sissinghurst
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Kitchen Garden, Levens Hall
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Standard, Little Moreton Hall
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Terrace, Powis Castle, Wales
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Standards, Blenheim Palace
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Lime Walk, Sissinghurst
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Yew, Hinton Ampner
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Temple, The Courts
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Hillside, Waddesdon Manor
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Ball, Powis Castle, Wales
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Stable Pond, Powis Castle, Wales
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The Moat, Sissinghurst
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The White Garden, Sissinghurst
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Benches, Blenheim Palace
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Topiary, Barnsley House
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Clearing, Wakehurst Place
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Passage, Levens Hall
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Belvedere, Villa Gamberaia
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Lily Pond, Biddulph Grange
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Surya's Temple, Sezincote
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Snake, Sezincote
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Pond, Batemans
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Lily Pond, Batemans
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Theatre Lawn, Hidcote
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Lawn, Hall Place
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Meadow, Boboli Gardens
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Statue, Waddesdon Manor
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Column, Lacock Abbey
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Fountain, Powis Castle, Wales
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Urn, Sissinghurst
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Torso, Charleston
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Pot, Giardino dei Semplici
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Allee, Boboli Gardens
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Lime Walk in Spring, Sissinghurst
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Path, Giardino dei Semplici
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Dye Pool, The Courts
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Gazebo, Wakehurst Place
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Tree, Giardino dei Semplici
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Apples, Sissinghurst
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Fence, Sissinghurst
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Figure, Sissinghurst
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Hedge, Sissinghurst
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Young God, Sissinghurst