Everybody's got a fancy camera. But we still take shitty pictures of the garden.
I'm not talking about those beguiling close-ups of the dew on a rose that we can all grab with our macro lenses. And I'm not talking about decent, straightforward, representational photos of beautiful places. I'm talking about photos that communicate the idea of a garden the way we really see them. How many times have your own photographs failed to do justice to what your eyes could see?
Photographer Saxon Holt has taken on a new role at the San Francisco Botanical Garden as their Photography Program Director. He's put together a series of lectures and workshops that will grow and change over time in response to the needs and ideas of the people involved. "I want a program that is not about me," he says, "not about how I see beauty, but about how WE see beauty; and what we can do to share it with others."
The series starts with a lecture by Saxon and Lucy Tolmach, director of horticulture at Filoli Gardens. That's happening on September 23, and then there's a Master Photography Workshop on September 25 that's limited to just twelve students.
Then, on Monday mornings through October, there will be a series of morning photo shoots–attend one or attend them all, but either way, it sounds like a pretty nice way to spend a Monday morning in October.
What do you want to know about garden photography? What would your dream photography workshop consist of? Let Saxon know and maybe you'll see it on the schedule next year.
And congrats to Saxon and John Greenlee, and Timber Press on winning the GWA award for The American Meadow Garden!