Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives

Articles

Tree ferns growing in the tropical greenhouse, Château du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.

Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives One of the Seven Wonders, for which the specific location has never been established, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are said to have contained a large variety of trees, shrubs and vines planted in tiers on raised terraces in an extraordinary feat of engineering. While visiting the Remarkable Gardens (see other garden studies with this label) of the Château du Champ de Bataille, I drew a parallel with these mythical gardens, beginning with the symbolic notion that they are said to embody: The Seven Degrees of Creation from the Mineral, Vegetal, and Animal to Humanity, Conscience, Light and Spirit, in that order. Jacques Garcia, renowned decorator, acquired the château in 1992. Working with landscape architect Patrick Pottier, they carried out the herculean task of conceiving and planting more than 240 acres of formal gardens consisting of groves, French parterres, boxwood topiary, basins, terraces, steps and fountains complimented by temples, theaters and sculptures. Hidden at the end of the garden is the “pièce de résistance” (flourish); a genuine 18th century Indian palace, reconstructed stone by stone, complete with an artificial lake: the Palace of Dreams. From the Material to the Immaterial, visitors pass from the … Read More

Sands of Time | Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris

Exhibitions

Sands of Time |  Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris The exhibition Sands of Time at Nordkraft Concept-Store runs from 4 – 29 November, on the occasion of the Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème.  The selection of analog 8×10″ contact prints, as well as larger format 50×60 cm archival quality digital prints, can be purchased by contacting Elise Prudhomme directly. Nordkraft – 20 rue Lucien Sampaix – 75010 Paris

Sands of Time, a series of large format pinhole photographs

Exhibitions, Texts

Jardin d'Acclimatation and lodging house, Tatihou Island, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014 (series Sands of Time) by Elise Prudhomme.

Sands of Time In recent photographic studies, I have been exploring the theme of the sentiment of nature. Raised in a family of architects and passionate gardeners, I am interested in an art of nature capable of encompassing both garden and landscape.  This new series of large format pinhole photographs, Sands of Time, excerpt from an ongoing project on the development of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin, includes work done on historic Tatihou Island*, where layers of symbolic material trace the constant evolution of man in his environment. * Tatihou Island, owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, is managed by the Conseil Général de la Manche. Sables du temps Récemment, j’explore le thème du sentiment de la nature au travers d’études photographiques. D’une famille d’architectes et de jardiniers passionnés, j’étudie l’idée d’un art de la nature en mesure de rassembler à la fois le jardin et le paysage.  Extrait d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin, j’expose aujourd’hui une série de sténopés, intitulée Sands of Time, qui inclue le travail réalisé lors d’un séjour sur l’Ile de Tatihou*, où les couches de … Read More

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B From December 9, a sea wind will blow on Studio Gallery B&B at the occasion of the exhibition of two photographers, Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme presents a new series of large format pinhole photographs entitled Sands of Time, extract of an ongoing project on the evolution of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin. From the Atlantic coast to the inland, Philippe Bachelier walked his cameras through the Basque country on both sides of the Pyrénées. His black and white landscapes, printed silver-gelatin paper, recount the changing lights of the ocean and the perennial energy of nature. A partir du 9 décembre, un vent iodé soufflera sur le Studio Galerie B&B à l’occasion de l’exposition de ses deux photographes Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme expose une série de sténopés grand format intitulé Sands of Time, extraite d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin. De la côte atlantique à l’intérieur des terres, Philippe Bachelier a promené ses appareils photo dans le Pays Basque, des deux côtés des Pyrénées. Leurs paysages en noir et blanc, tirés sur papier … Read More