EYE BUY ART from the garden of gardens

No CommentsPosted June 12, 2012 by Emily McInnes


Michael Cardinali, “Blooming Tree Against Sky” from the series The Emerald Necklace.

Michael Cardinali, “Fruit Tree, Bussey Brook Meadow” from the series The Emerald Necklace.

Photographer Michael Cardinali has been documenting The Emerald Necklace in Boston since 2009, a vast, 1,100 acre historic park system designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (he also designed Central Park, Mount Royal in Montréal, and the midway at the Chicago World’s Fair among thousands of others). At the southern end of the park is a 265-acre tract of land that is home to the most diverse collection of trees in the United States. As Michael says, “it’s the country’s oldest public arboretum, the garden of gardens”.

What is special in these photographs, is how Michael is able to connect us with a place without having been there. His photographs share a total and utter reverence for nature, and through his work, draws us together into a universal experience through a respect for the outdoors. Of course, he goes much further than this, to underscore the complex order that is taking place, where human intervention and unencumbered growth exist on top of one another, “reflecting the way we live in a dance between different, if not entirely opposite forces…I’m sometimes reminded that renewal requires survival, and that hope exists, not far from desperation.”

I can practically smell the decay of leaves and the fresh dewy optimism of renewal in these photographs. Dive in for yourself – sizes start at 8×10″ and would look pretty smart all wrapped up for Father’s Day!

Michael Cardinali is a technically brilliant photographer (Wired Magazine wrote about him in 2009). He lives and works in Boston, and has exhibited across the United States, and internationally at Mumford Fine Art in London, The Red Dot Art Fair, and the Royal Academy of Art. The series Boston’s Emerald Necklace was compared to the poetry of Robert Frost by Phillip Jung at The Exposure Project, and his work was featured on the cover of Gallery Guide Europe in February of 2008.


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If you want to purchase these Michael Cardinali photographs framed for Father’s Day, or any other photographs from our site, just send me an email and I’ll make the arrangements for you (including shipping or free pick up from Toronto) emily@eyebuyart.com

Happy Collecting Art Lovers!


Emily McInnes
Founder and Director


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