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The Garden at Night: A Photographic Journey

Most of us are under the misconception that flowers close up at night and the natural world shuts down until the dawn of the next day. In actual fact, it is quite the contrary. Most plants are vibrant, fragrant and anxious to entice the pollinating insects and bats that forage the garden throughout the evening hours. There is a lot going on in the garden, even after dark!

Linda Rutenberg and her husband Roger Leeon have a mission: to photograph botanical gardens in their nocturnal splendor. Linda is the photographer, Roger the lighting master. Without the use of any traditional photographic lighting other than the moon and pocket torches, they spin their visual magic into the most sensual, sculptural and breathtaking photographs.

Linda and Roger have repeated this ritual in 35 of the most beautiful botanical gardens in North America and England. After extensive research on historical significance, climate zones and floral collections, Linda chose significant gardens that are well known and frequently visited in order to show an entirely different appreciation of nature. Gardens include the Kew Gardens and Sissinghurst Garden in England, New York Botanical, The Huntington, Chicago Botanical Garden, just to name a few.

Having procured permission for their visit, they set about the garden searching for the extraordinary flower, the secret passageway or special point of view that gives us an unprecedented vision into a world that has never been seen before. Without the use of any traditional photographic lighting other than the moon and pocket flashlights, they spin their visual magic into the most sensual, sculptural and breathtaking photographs.

The three month rental fee includes twenty 28″ x 42″ and fourteen 16″ x 20″ matted and framed color photographs, six beautiful color banners to be used in the exhibition space, and extensive label copy and text, on disk. Ms. Rutenberg will be available to host venues to lead workshops and talks about the garden after dark and present her unique vantage of the garden and its multi-faceted life and beauty.

There are three books published that can accompany the exhibit including its companion catalogue: The Garden at Night (Chronicle Books, 2008), After Midnight (Verve Editions, 2009), and most recently, The English Garden at Night (Thames and Hudson, 2010). A selection of matted 8″ x 10″ prints and cards are also available for sale with the exhibition.