Since the invention of the camera, photographers have been drawn to the cities, parks and gardens throughout Europe. Whether focusing on the conical hedges in Versailles or the perfectly aligned trees in Belgium, artists consistently fall in love with the perfection and grandness of parks which have been preserved for centuries.
American photographer Lynn Geesaman first started traveling to France and Belgium in 1987, when she realized the gardens she most sought were outside the United States. Based in Minneapolis, Geesaman learned photography when she was 33 years old in an effort to take pictures of her children. Working as a math teacher in middle school, Geesaman's hobby quickly became a full time career, as she developed her own way of seeing and style of printing. A pivotal photographic assignment led her to photograph in a public garden, a place she used to find intimidating. Although she found Minneapolis stimulating, she realized her favorite gardens/parks were from another century -- places that remained untouched by human decadence or industrial intrusion.
Lynn Geesaman quickly gained national recognition for her striking black and white photographs which are void of people, revealing the solitude and refinement found in nature. Her pictures vibrate with a glistening light, inviting viewers to meander through the poplars in France, the canals in Belgium and the cypress trees in Italy, photographing during daylight hours, when the sun catches the tip of the leaves and the wind barely makes a sound. Her shimmering images continue to invite the viewer into a dream landscape where the imagination runs free.
In 1992, Geesaman began working with color, exploring its many avenues of representation. The resulting images are startling, as colors vibrate under a protective sun. Returning to Europe time and again, Geesaman presented startling images of manicured landscapes, where yellow trees glowed in a field and orange foliage glistened in the wind. Geesaman's newest works continue her fascination with color, taking her through Europe as well as several places in America, including the Filoli Gardens in California, the Houmas House and Zemurray Gardens in Louisiana.