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The Garden

by Freeman Patterson

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list price: $45.00
category: Photography
published: 2003
publisher: Key Porter Books

?I have an emotional attachment to Earth that goes far beyond my ability to understand or explain. I believe that our species is no more special, in nature's scheme of things, than any other, and that all life habitats should be treated with the same care, respect, and dignity with which we, in our best moments, treat our fellow human beings.? -Freeman Patterson taken from Portraits of Earth Freeman Patterson's garden is a place where rain is as important as sunshine, where colours blend seamlessly with fragrances, imagination and dreams, and where everything that lives and grows also dies, but where the cycle of life continues. Patterson has captured his five seasons with his arresting visual genius. We begin in the misty mornings of early spring?the first green shoots against a soggy and grey landscape. Summer brings the riotous palette of hundreds of species of flowers and expanses of hay-scented ferns. Autumn juxtaposes close-ups of gold leaves against frost-gilded petals and berries, and a wondrous winter weaves a tapestry of white flakes, mid-brown grasses, and tiny black shadows. In a “fifth season,? the book ends, where it began, and as all gardens do, with rebirth, a symbol of hope and new beginnings. Freeman uses the symbol of the eternal garden as a vehicle for internal reflection. His intimate text applies the wisdom gained from observing a garden to real life?the delight of seed catalogues, keeping the deer away from hostas, the importance of having chairs in a garden, to the function of pathways; the beauty of roses in the soft, first light. The Garden is a breathtaking accomplishment by a rare talent; it will delight, it will calm, it will inspire. (March 2003)

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Freeman Patterson

Freeman Patterson is one of the preeminent photographers in Canada. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1975 and appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985. Among his many awards are the gold medal for photographic excellence by the National Film Board of Canada, the Hon. EFIAP of the Fédération internationale de l'Art Photographique (Berne, Switzerland), and the gold medal for distinguished contribution to photography from the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. He currently lives in Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick, near his childhood home.
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