||In the Garden
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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
— Beth Dow