The French Connection
As a photographer, it's immensely gratifying to see your work in print. You get so used to seeing your images in a virtual space online, that it's refreshing to see it incarnated as it were in physical form, as ink on paper. Much as I love (love) my Kindle, I'm still a huge fan of printed books. The look and feel of an image beautifully reproduced on a sheet of crisp art stock, and lovingly bound into a book, still has a special kind of magic to it.
A couple of years back, I was commissioned to photograph a garden in Cambridge Massachusetts that had been created by the renowned French landscape designer Hugues Peuvergne. As is normal in the world of print publishing, you need to be pretty patient for the often lengthy wait between when you did the photo shoot and when you finally get to see the fruits of your labors in print. You can imagine my excitement then, when I recently received my proof copy of Hugues' new book from the publisher.
The beautiful hardbound book is a record of Hugues' wonderful landscape design work over the last few years and I was thrilled to be able to contribute to it. The book is available through Amazon, and although it is written in French, the many gorgeous pictures in it make the struggle with the language worth the effort if you don't speak French but are interested in really artful landscape design. The photographs I shot of the garden in Cambridge, make up just one chapter in the book that is a kind of artist's journal and a real treat for afficianados of landcsape design. The book is also an inspiration for anybody looking for creative ideas for making their own garden extraordinary.
My wife, a professional landscape designer herself, is the gardening expert in our family. I just take pictures and know pretty much zip about plants. Doing this photo assignment however, has certainly given me a new appreciation for her chosen craft and maybe now after seeing the results, she might even consider letting me photograph the gardens she does for her clients :-)
You can see a selection of the photographs I shot for this project, in this gallery
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