IN THE GARDEN

 

Stable Pond, Powis Castle, Wales
Lawn, Hall Place
Clearing, Wakehurst Place
Trees, Blenheim Palace
Benches, Blenheim Palace
Hillside, Waddesdon Manor
Ball
Terrace, Powis Castle, Wales
Three Poplars
Path, Giardino dei Semplici Florence
Allée, Boboli Gardens
The White Garden, Sissinghurst
Standard, Little Moreton Hall
Six Trees, Batemans
Torso, Charleston
Fountain and Trees, Stanway
Nuttery, Sissinghurst
Pinetum, Wakehurst Place
Fountain, Powis Castle, Wales
Girl and Boy, Sissinghurst
Steps, Great Dixter
Hedge, Sissinghurst
Meadow of Columns, Boboli Gardens
Snake, Sezincote
Belvedere, Villa Gamberaia
Standards, Blenheim Palace
Terrace, Villa Gamberaia
Theatre Lawn, Hidcote
Arch, Great Dixter
Apples, Sissinghurst
Fence, Sissinghurst
Column, Lacock Abbey
Fountain, Stanway
Pot, Giardino dei Semplici
Pillar Garden, The Courts
Dye Pool, The Courts
Lily Pond, Biddulph Grange
Temple, The Courts
Passage, Levens Hall
Yew, Hinton Ampner
Urn, Sissinghurst
Suryas Temple, Sezincote
Figure, Blenheim Palace
Lime Walk, Sissinghurst
Poplars, Stowe Landscape Garden
Kitchen Garden, Levens Hall
Tree, The Courts
Pond, Batemans
Lily Pond, Hidcote
Lime Walk in Spring, Sissinghurst
Meadow, Boboli Gardens
Topiary, Barnsley House
Levens Hall Daisies
Trees, Hidcote
Stilt Garden, Hidcote
Gazebo, Wakehurst Place
Hollyhocks and Sunflowers crop, Kelmscot
Orchard, Sissinghurst
Statue, Waddesdon
Tree, Giardino dei Semplici, Florence
Yew Walk, Sissinghurst

Stable Pond, Powis Castle, Wales

Lawn, Hall Place

Clearing, Wakehurst Place

Trees, Blenheim Palace

Benches, Blenheim Palace

Hillside, Waddesdon Manor

Ball

Terrace, Powis Castle, Wales

Three Poplars

Path, Giardino dei Semplici Florence

Allée, Boboli Gardens

The White Garden, Sissinghurst

Standard, Little Moreton Hall

Six Trees, Batemans

Torso, Charleston

Fountain and Trees, Stanway

Nuttery, Sissinghurst

Pinetum, Wakehurst Place

Fountain, Powis Castle, Wales

Girl and Boy, Sissinghurst

Steps, Great Dixter

Hedge, Sissinghurst

Meadow of Columns, Boboli Gardens

Snake, Sezincote

Belvedere, Villa Gamberaia

Standards, Blenheim Palace

Terrace, Villa Gamberaia

Theatre Lawn, Hidcote

Arch, Great Dixter

Apples, Sissinghurst

Fence, Sissinghurst

Column, Lacock Abbey

Fountain, Stanway

Pot, Giardino dei Semplici

Pillar Garden, The Courts

Dye Pool, The Courts

Lily Pond, Biddulph Grange

Temple, The Courts

Passage, Levens Hall

Yew, Hinton Ampner

Urn, Sissinghurst

Suryas Temple, Sezincote

Figure, Blenheim Palace

Lime Walk, Sissinghurst

Poplars, Stowe Landscape Garden

Kitchen Garden, Levens Hall

Tree, The Courts

Pond, Batemans

Lily Pond, Hidcote

Lime Walk in Spring, Sissinghurst

Meadow, Boboli Gardens

Topiary, Barnsley House

Levens Hall Daisies

Trees, Hidcote

Stilt Garden, Hidcote

Gazebo, Wakehurst Place

Hollyhocks and Sunflowers crop, Kelmscot

Orchard, Sissinghurst

Statue, Waddesdon

Tree, Giardino dei Semplici, Florence

Yew Walk, Sissinghurst

These 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 was funded in part by generous grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Medium: Platinum-palladium
Dimensions: 18.5″ x 16″