National Geographic
Past Exhibition

Gardens By Night

Photography by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel

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About this Exhibition

Throughout history many gardens were designed expressly for nighttime viewing. Regardless of such intent, gardens take on an ethereal quality after dark. Bathed in moonlight, sharp edges melt into soft shadows. Fragrances emerge as flowers open. Artificial light plays and delights, equally at home in swaying lanterns or exploding fireworks.

This photographic body of work by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel is a meditation on what night reveals in a created paradise. Because photoreceptive cells in eyes cannot process color in moonlight alone, black and white prints show the gardens as humans would see them at night. The long exposures and the sensitivity of film and digital imaging allow the camera to capture color, revealing an otherwise invisible nighttime landscape.

Accomplished landscape photographers, Diane Cook and Len Jenshel make images that showcase landscapes and explore how humans shape and control the environment. They have published numerous books including Travels in the American West, HOT SPOTS: America’s Volcanic Landscape, and AQUARIUM. Their many fellowships include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the Design Trust for Public Space. Their work has been exhibited internationally in solo shows all over the world and is represented in more than one hundred museums and collections worldwide. Diane and Len are contributing photographers to National Geographic Magazine.

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