Ralph-Lindgren

Ralph-Lindgren

Most of my images are of gardens and flowers. The legends of garden photography come to gardens from landscape photography. Most often they view gardens as intimate landscapes. The legends of flower photography approach it as an exercise in either portrait photography - often presenting head shots of blossoms - or abstract photography - presenting the plants as particularly interesting patches of color.
I come to garden and flower photography as a gardener. I try to capture and portray the joys and enthusiasms that gardeners experience in creating, tending and sharing the gardens that they know most intimately as well as those garden creations of others that they admire. Combining the visual as well as the botanical, ecological, and social dimensions of gardeners' worlds within the technical limitations of the photographic process and subject to current aesthetic fashions pose an ongoing challenge as well as source of excitement.
My origins in a black and white darkroom are discernible in most of my images. I much prefer emphasizing tonal contrast to sharpening images, even for printed images. Strong tonal line and textural complexity along side modest color palates are especially suited to bring out the fascinating visual appeal of gardens and flowers.
Stylistically, my work tends toward the expressive (showing what the subjects meant to me) rather than objectively recording a visual slice of space/time.
I am a serious hobbyist, and have no interest in selling my images. My sole passion in photography is in bringing pleasure to myself and anyone else who cares to browse through them.
Comments, especially detailed, constructive, critical comments relating to color and composition, are welcome.