About a year ago, I stumbled across a photo of a white cottage surrounded by deep and generous flower beds filled with white begonias; I marveled how effective the monochromatic white treatment appeared when it was anchored by a white building. Accidentally, I misfiled, or deleted the image. Now it is inaccessible and I am frustrated by my own fumbling. A blog that I prepared about white gardens was based on that very image, and without it the blog loses its punch.
Frantically, I began Googling all day Saturday and, alas, the image is nowhere to be found in cyberspace, where I first spotted it. However, I did find many photos of the White House and many gardens planted with white flowers. Unfortunately, the exact photo that I need to complete my story still remains elusive.
Because two of the key words in my Google search were flowers and white, several images by photographer Irene Jeruss popped up. They were flower garden compositions that the photographer had shot at White Flower Farm. I was smitten with her images and decided that they deserved to be shared .In a search to determine to whom the image accreditation belonged, I discovered that they were the property of a photographic website of the Smithsonian Institute, called click!, a site that encourages visitors to disseminate material and information found there, as long as it is not for commercial purposes.
From 2007 through 2010, click! invited experts from a spectrum of professional worlds—innovators, image makers, writers, and public figures—to survey the ways photography has influenced the history, progress, and practice of each of their fields of interest. In addition, visitors to click! were also encouraged to contribute texts and images, and selected visitor contributor content became part of the project’s online content.
The photo essay that talented photographer Irene Jeruss, posted to click! was accompanied by a delightful text. Please click here to read her essay. This photographer is based in Bristol, Connecticut, uses a film camera, and specializes in business and corporate, family, people, stock, travel and tourism. Other photographic specialties include Architecture: Interiors, beauty, bio-medical and scientific, horticulture, and portfolios.
What has drawn me to her photos, and what has blown me away, is the manner by which the photographer set up her shots: the perspective, the composition and, of course, the colors. These are the kind of scenes that some of us wish we might wake up to each morning.