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Through the Photographer’s Eye: Finding a Sustainable Aesthetic

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Sustainable garden? This picture, taken twenty years ago is a manipulated fantasy: each of the low shrubs is in a five-gallon nursery can. Author’s photographs

A Western aesthetic (from Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates)

I have a nearly impossible job. I am a garden photographer. The emphasis here is on garden, for, though I use a camera as a tool, I am not well versed in the gear and gizmos. Don’t ask me about Photoshop or the best new camera; my brain goes into an anxious frenzy when confronted with the changes that are swirling around the world of professional photography. Though my job requires keeping abreast of these dizzying changes, I don’t want to know much about them. As for gardens, I know a little, but yearn to know much more. Rather than a garden photographer, I prefer to call myself a garden communicator, using a camera to show what I learn. Increasingly, I’m aware of the responsibility that comes with this role—for the camera always lies.

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