Years ago, I saw a movie called ‘Smoke’ in which a photographer went to the exact same corner every day on a busy street in Manhattan at exactly the same time to take a photograph. He went through this process because he wanted to show that nothing ever stays the same. Depending on the time of year, the weather and a host of other factors, he showed that each moment (seen through the eye of a lens) over the course of 365 days can never be duplicated.
This type of thinking bodes well for us gardeners in trying to slow down and be a bit more reflective in our own gardens. How many times have you heard the saying that you need to look at your garden ‘with fresh eyes’ in order to keep it artistically alive?
One thing I’ve found helpful in recent years is to take pictures of the same planting or plant combinations from a variety of perspectives. In these photos, my initial purpose was to take one picture of this late blooming aster and pennisetum. But as I walked around the garden, I became aware of how stunning and unique these two perennials looked from different perspectives.
I’m speaking strictly as a gardener, not a landscape photographer (I’ll leave that to Saxon) on how we can formulate new ways of seeing things all around us: in our own gardens, in nature, and in the world.
I can’t tell you precisely how all of these photos will translate into having an effect on my garden in the future. But I do know they give me an appreciation of some feelings and ideas that will leave a footprint in my unconscious and perhaps show itself at another time in my garden making.