Ngoc Minh Ngo has released a book Nature Into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill in collaboration with horticultural journalist Thomas Christopher. To celebrate the publication, the Wave Hill Florilegium exhibition has been opened for view at the Wave Hill House that features select works from the project.
Ngoc has been photographing the flora and landscape of Wave Hill for two years, capturing the historic garden through the seasons. Already a seasoned and sought after photographer for nature, plants, and landscapes, this latest installment of the photographer's career is an intimate, delicate look at the wildlife of the gardens framed by research and conversation with the gardeners of the estate that tend to the plants.
“I had only been to Wave Hill once,” Ngo said. “The more you experience a place, the better you can come to understanding it. Over those 18 months, with all the wonderful gardeners I spoke with, I tried to balance their knowledge and work with how I photograph in order to really show the garden as it is.”
We helped Ngoc print the images that went up in the Florilegium, printed on her usual choice of paper, Hahnemühle Photorag Bright White. The photographs exhibited were selected from the publication itself, showcasing the jewel-toned plant portraits and vibrant gardenscapes of Wave Hill.
The book, Nature Into Art: the Gardens of Wave Hill, published in partnership with Timber Press, is available for purchase. Ngoc's photographs are combined with writings by Thomas Christopher, a gardener and horticultural journalist whose prose compliments the rich captures of the floral marvels native to the estate.
Book previews courtesy of Timber Press. All work and photographs courtesy of Ngoc Minh Ngo.