Cap­tur­ing the gar­den

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Pho­tog­ra­phers have long turned their lenses on gar­dens and those who create them to shine a light on so­cial trends

When pho­tog­ra­phy was in­tro­duced to the pub­lic in 1839, it im­me­di­ately be­gan to dis­place the record-mak­ing func­tion of other art forms, such as draw­ing and paint­ing. At the time, pho­to­graphs seemed to be a di­rect tran­scrip­tion of re­al­ity, pre­cisely record­ing what was put in front of the cam­era or in con­tact with the pho­to­graphic ma­te­ri­als. In cre­at­ing these early tran­scrip­tions, it is not sur­pris­ing that the first pho­tog­ra­phers turned to their gar­dens for in­spi­ra­tion. The ear­li­est pro­cesses worked best when the pho­to­sen­si­tive sur­face was fresh or still wet. They also re­quired long ex­po­sures to an in­tense source of light. Thus, pho­tog­ra­phers en­gaged with sub­ject mat­ter found in their own back­yards since those spa­ces were close to their dark­rooms, pro­vided abun­dant light for their com­po­si­tions,

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Above James Cox, pho­tographed by Vaughn Sills, demon­strates the re­source­ful­ness of gar­den­ers, re­cy­cling old paint cans and an­i­mal troughs as planters in his Ge­or­gia gar­den in 1987. Right The Bri­tish tra­di­tion of al­lot­ment grow­ing is cel­e­brated in An­drew Bu­ur­man’s se­ries of por­traits Al­lot­ments from 2004. Fac­ing page Noor Da­men’s por­trait of a worker har­vest­ing del­phini­ums in the Nether­lands in 2000 cap­tures the com­mer­cial side of flower grow­ing.

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