Grounds for Sculpture – The Gardens

The Grounds for Sculpture website describes the gardens as follows:

In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, New Jersey. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture accessible to all, offering visitors the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art through a progressive and self-directed journey.

In 1986, an architectural competition was held for the design of a sculpture park to be located at the old New Jersey State Fairgrounds. The site, which had been abandoned for years, was derelict and barren except for three dilapidated exhibition buildings and fifteen gnarled maple trees. Brian Carey of AC/BC Associates in New York City was selected to be the Project Architect.

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) was envisioned as a place to exhibit sculpture and as a garden and arboretum. The design included formal and informal aspects. Paved terraces, pergolas, and courtyards juxtaposed natural woodlands, ponds, and bamboo groves. Expanses of lawn were delineated by sculptured rose-covered berms.

Landscape construction began in 1989. Since then over 2,000 trees, representing more than 100 species and cultivars, have been planted. In addition to typical nursery stock, many plants were collected from estates and abandoned nurseries, or were salvaged from construction sites. Many of the rare and unusual trees you find here today were selected by Carey and Bruce Daniels, former GFS Facilities Director and Project Manager.

GFS opened to the public in 1992. Since that time, it has welcomed over three million guests. The sculpture park, which started on 15 acres with 15 works of art on display, has expanded to 42 acres containing nearly 300 contemporary sculptures across the ever-changing landscape. It is a work of art itself.

The interplay between sculpture and horticulture is an important part of the vision for GFS. In founder Seward Johnson’s words, the hope is that GFS will “fill people everywhere with the emotional sustenance derived from the powerful and restorative connection between art and nature.”

A complete list of Horticultural Highlights can be found here.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

Some oldies

I was going through some boxes and I came across these old pictures. So I quickly scanned them.

Above: Tübingen, Germany where I studied in the early 1970s.

Geneva, Switzerland. My first visit also in the early 1970s. Little did I know that I would end up living/working there for 9 years in the 1990s.

View from the North face of the Eiger. Also early 1970s.

The Nile at the First Cataract as seen from the Cataract Hotel, where Agatha Christie wrote “Death on the Nile”. My first mission for UNICEF, late 1970s.

A younger me in a village across the river from Aswan. Late 1970s.

I don’t think this needs any explanation. Late 1970s.

Although I’m not entirely sure, I think the camera I used was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII. Great camera. I still have it.

Trying out Infrared Photography – Second and Third Attempts

I’d been reading extensively about infrared photography, and was now more comfortable – comfortable, but not yet good. I had a least figured out how to create a custom white balance using the Adobe DNG Profile Editor.

So I went for a walk around my neighborhood. The weather was not really the best for infrared photography. It was very cloudy, and only rarely did the sun appear. I became convinced that the pictures would be no good and decided to go back the same locations in better light and do them all again. As it turned out I quite liked the pictures taken on the cloudy day. So this batch includes a mixture of pictures from both the second and third attempts.

Taken with a Sony F828 and fixed Zeiss 28-200mm f2-2.8