In person would be great, but that’s not really what I mean. In fact, it doesn’t have to be you, as long as it is a person. I was cruising garden web sites the other day and I happened upon Britain’s RHS Photographic Competition—the 2007 results. I found this by way of a really cool UK site: Let’s Go Gardening. The graphics aren’t too up-to-date, but I liked all the categories, especially their “news” section. Oh, those Brits.
Anyway. The RHS competition is open to amateur and professionals and has six categories: plant portrait, close-up, tree or shrub, garden view, wildlife in the garden and people in the garden. Yes, that’s right, PEOPLE in the garden (winner C. Gage above). I will never forget how, before I met Susan and Michele, I was squinting at their oh-so-tiny “about” pictures on their blogs, trying to get a sense of them. In the case of Susan, I really had to know what she looked like so I could get her at the airport. And my blog was just as bad. (Well, we changed that—I’m sure you’re all sick of the sight of us.) My point is this: humans are part of the garden, and using humans in pictures—occasionally, anyway—can add much to our understanding of a garden. For example:
You need humans for scale. Without Alan in this image, you could never know how tall this lily is:
Without me, you would not get how deep this snow is:
I love how people take pictures on Garden Walk. They do their best to get close-ups and unobstructed views. In reality, Garden Walk is this:
This front garden mean so much more when Jean is in it:
And of course we all like to see our garden celebrities, who tend to be photogenic, as Tony is.
Speaking of cuteness, kids are good for that. I don’t have any, so I borrow other people’s.
I realize we blog about the plants and the design, the failures, and the successes, but once in a while you need people. None of it happens without us!
This post came about after an exhaustive tour of our blogroll for a project I am working on, so I know many of you do include the human element on occasion, notably Pam/Digging, Craig, Carol, and Colleen.Posted by Elizabeth Licata on January 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm, in the category Everybody's a Critic.