I have been photographing Chanticleer Garden for the past 7 years. I started working as a horticulturist 27 years ago. Gardening and photography go hand in hand for me. By day my hands are in the soil, planting South African annuals, succulents or the ornamental thistle I grew from seed in the Gravel Garden and Ruin that I tend. I’m staking, watering, deadheading and weeding. In the evening or early morning when I photograph the entire garden, I approach it with a different outlook. My goal is to capture the constantly evolving garden, seeking new perspectives, ways to frame a view, light that is transformative. I endeavor to make photographs that evoke a mood or memory. I also use the experience of photographing to design. I see where repetition or contrast of form is needed, where a sweep of purple allium bulbs should be enlarged, where a view has become obscured. The photographs inform the garden and the garden inspires the photographs.