The Secret Garden

PhotographerBonnie Jenkins
Entry Description

This series recalls my childhood fascinations with my natural surrounds. In order to convey this vision, I forced myself to only photograph in my garden, breaking down the familiarity veil and re-inciting my imagination within my everyday surrounds. We often get so excited by the new and exotic, that we forget to appreciate the beauty at our front door step. My work is concerned with what lies in the peripheral vision of the everyday, observing the beauty and intrigue of the multi-faceted environment that surrounds us. It’s all about appreciating the environment we live in and the magic of the optical instrument at capturing these elements in a unique but very real way.

About Photographer

My work is concerned with what lies in the peripheral vision of the everyday. I take objects and places and then, through abstraction, reveal what is normally hidden to the human eye. In presenting new perspectives I seek to stir the viewer out of their habitual consciousness by re-engaging their vision with fresh ways of looking at the familiar – to give time to the object of our gaze, to stop and look without preconception. Through deliberately filming out of focus or through experimental techniques of still photography and installations, my work creates a new perception of objects and places, inviting closer scrutiny and enabling the viewer to focus on imagery normally only noticed in peripheral vision. This fascination with optical illusions and transforming or presenting of new perspectives of the everyday explains my attachment to the mediums of photography and video. It is for this reason that I do not digitally manipulate my work beyond standard corrections. They are used to represent reality yet simultaneously have the ability to undermine this visual ‘reality’. A constant drive behind my work is the need to capture the beauty and intrigue of the multi-faceted environment that surrounds us, bringing about a deep respect and wonder for our natural world.