Photographer Ellen Fisch Inspired by NYC Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

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Inspired by the architecture found in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the gardens themselves, Photographer Ellen Fisch has begun a new series of architectural art photographs.

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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Photographer Ellen Fisch’s current work joins architecture and nature in her new art form.

Photographer Ellen Fisch finds constant sources of inspiration for her architectural art photography in her home-town of Brooklyn, NYC. “Park Slope/ Prospect Park,” Fisch’s recent highly successful exhibition at Jadite Galleries in newly fashionable Hell’s Kitchen in midtown Manhattan, showcased one photograph of the Lily Pool Terrace which is a main attraction at the Gardens. “The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is the perfect subject to continue developing the unique art form that I created by printing my photographs on fine art paper and drawing into them with charcoal and chalk and subtly using gold leaf to accent the architectural themes.” Fisch notes that her current work is distinguished from mixed media photography in that few realize that the photographs have been hand finished. The art elements mesh to create a seamless image that presents the viewer with a recognizable place from the perspective of the photographer/artist. A review of the exhibit called the photographs a “Dream World.”

When photographing Park Slope and Prospect Park for the 7 week February/March exhibit, Fisch was drawn to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens much the same way the oasis in Brooklyn drew her as a child. “Gardens have a special enchantment,” says Fisch. “To see plants and flowers growing in a serene place offers tranquility amid the hectic everyday life in which we live.” The recent photo shoots in Brooklyn were frequently crowned by a walk in some area of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Fisch found numerous paths, walkways and grassy places to reflect about her upcoming show and to contemplate her next round of photographic focus.

The sepia and black and white architectural art photographs which Photographer Ellen Fisch is well known for always seek to incorporate some aspect of the place in which they are photographed. Her Harlem photographs showcased recognizable and iconic landmarks as well as buildings specific to that community. “I enjoyed relating the elements of the area within each photograph so that the series wove a story of Harlem. Moreover, each photograph could be distinct in its own right.” She has fashioned architectural art photography essays of many places, such as Coney Island, Newport RI and Wall Street/ the financial district of NYC using the places and sepia and black and white photography as underlying themes to present a concept of a specific place to the viewer.    

The impetus for Photographer Ellen Fisch’s current work is a desire to join architecture and nature in her new art form. “The architecture found in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens lends itself perfectly to the magnificent gardens and sparks my creativity to craft images that combine the buildings, trellises, greenhouses and railings with the natural environment,” notes Fisch. “The diversity of plant life and architecture in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is a symphony of sights. As one enters the ornate wrought iron gates forged 100 years ago, one may see the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden or the charming Children’s Garden with trellises and an old fashioned wooden house,” enthuses Fisch. Photographer Ellen Fisch plans to release her series of charcoal, chalk and 24K gold leaf enhanced sepia and black and white photographs of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in the next few weeks. An exhibit of the photographs is planned for 2014.

About: Ellen Fisch is a New York based architectural art photographer specializing in black and white and sepia photography that is artistically expressive, historically relevant and timeless. Fisch has recently begun to explore using traditional fine art media to enhance her photography.

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