in the garden
A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Zoos, which display wild animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden.
for me as an artist, a garden is a respite from the stress and chaos of city life. it is a haven where i come to learn about the forces of life, the elements, renewal and inspiration. the sights and smell of the natural world are something that humans need to stay sane in an often unbalanced world whether they realize it or not. best of all, are areas that are natural and wild remain untouched by human hands. yet, the cultivation of even a backyard garden can nourish the human soul. When we take the time to examine the beauty of the world around us, we are able to see parallels within our own lives. One who is attuned with nature is attuned with the practice of living.
in this photographic series my intention is to visually communicate some of the experience of a garden and nature.
a garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself. —roberto burle marx