The Photographer in the Garden

How the Camera Conveys the Ways We Cultivate Nature

Gardens are the birthplace of some of our most enduring myths and creation stories. Many religions posit the idea of a lush, sacred place where humans once dwelt in harmony with nature, or of a garden that awaits us in the hereafter, as a reward for virtuous living. Gardens are spaces of regeneration and rebirth, refuges from the push-and-pull of urban life, tranquil oases for contemplating and celebrating beauty. They also can serve practical purposes, including growing food, serving as botanical laboratories for scientific study, or displaying a ruler’s taste …