Beth Dow In The Garden

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Allee, Boboli Gardens

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Apples, Sissinghurst

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Ball, Powis Castle, Wales

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Clearing, Wakehurst Place

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Dye Pool, The Courts

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Fence, Sissinghurst

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Grove, Waddesdon Manor

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Hedge, Sissinghurst

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Lawn, Hall Place

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Lily Pond, Biddulph Grange

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Nuttery, Sissinghurst

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Passage, Levens Hall

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Path, Giardino dei Semplici, Florence

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The Pinetum, Wakehurst Place

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Pond, Batemans

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Six Trees, Batemans

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Stable Pond, Powis Castle, Wales

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Standard, Little Moreton Hall

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Steps, Great Dixter

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Stilt, Garden Hidcote

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Terrace, Powis Castle, Wales

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Three Poplars

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Trees, Blenheim Palace

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Trees, Hidcote

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Yew, Hinton Ampner

These recent photographs were taken in formal English and Italian gardens. The shape and mystery of these places are a natural draw for me as they offer glimpses of the rich traditions of garden making. I am interested in garden history and historical concepts of paradise, and aim for pictures that have a meditative quality to reflect the spiritual urges that inspired the earliest gardens some six thousand years ago. My images are not depictive. I use the land before me as a jumping off point, implying light or shadow where perhaps there was none, as a way to create my own path through the garden. In fact, by positioning the lens, cropping my prints, and using burning and dodging to guide the viewer’s eye through a picture, I feel that I too am a gardener in a sense. I am after that “slant of curious light” that is the genius of a place.

All images © courtesy of Beth Dow

www.bethdow.com