These Stunning Images Will Make You Rethink Garden Photography

Gardens have been around for millennia, photography for far fewer years. But throughout the entire history of the camera, from film to digital, photographers have been shooting green spaces. It’s perhaps unsurprising, as gardens are quite the subject. A wide shot can give you a landscape, a close-up of a single blossom can be an abstraction, and a floral arrangement can provide a still life. A new book, The Photographer in the Garden ($50, Aperture and the George Eastman Museum), cowritten by Jamie M. Allen and Sarah Anne McNear, examines the relationship between the image and the cultivated landscape. Here, we take a look at 11 stunning photographs from the book.

Sam Abell served as a photographer for National Geographic for 30 years. He has long had a fascination with flowers and gardens.

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