Garden/Archive was exhibited at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in 2013.
This series works with an idea of the garden-as-archive, through relating photography to an experience of the garden itself. It proposes for the viewer an experience of the garden-as-photograph. Garden/Archive takes as its starting point a series of black and white lantern slides of trees, taken in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens around 1920. These black and white lantern slides presented to me the possibility of finding that actual photographed tree again, or viewing other images of that species of tree, or in finding other plantings of that species in other locations. It was through this possibility that Garden/Archive was produced, reproducing these black and white lantern slides as colour transparencies, similarly mounted between glass. Garden/Archive was taken at both the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. As prints of the 1920 black and white lantern slides were sent to Kew in 1931, the inclusion of a series taken there relates those original images (which were shown alongside my own) to the use of these photographs as a means of correspondence and exchange of knowledge essential to the botanic garden.
Installation shots at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens in 2013.