YEARNINGS: A Garden and Statue Series
A longing for images reminiscent of painterly tranquil scenes of the 1900’s led me to explore this body of work.
These collages are the result of the combining of many layers, images, and textures.
This process allows me to share these imaginary lands of embellished statues and gardens
Yearnings of a place
Yearnings of a feeling
Yearning to create
Yearning for beauty
Yearning for grace
Yearning for fertile land
Yearning for my voice…
Geometry in Nature
Topiary, the art of growing dense, leafy plants by pruning or training them into three-dimensional geometric or animal-like forms, can trace it roots to the ancient Romans. During the 1700s in Europe, topiary gardens were popular among wealthy landowners. The first topiary garden in the United States was created in Rhode Island around the turn of the twentieth century. These living sculptures have been the focus of photographer Hope Kahn since 2010. Her fascination with evergreen yew clipped into cones, cubes, spirals, and many other shapes has led her to visit and photograph majestic gardens in Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. She is drawn to the poetic nature of topiary gardens and how they enhance the exquisite beauty, mystery, and symbolism of their surreal landscapes. This series focuses on the symmetry of forms found in beautifully structured gardens and how human interaction with nature can create playful, contemplative, and serene public environments.
Hope Kahn has been a professional photographer for the last 25 years before her retirement. She has studied photography at University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as workshops throughout the country. She holds a BS degree in Education and has taught photography to children in under privileged urban settings. Hope has been utilizing and exploring alternative photography with a concentration on pinhole and plastic cameras. Her focus has been on the figure in the landscape, utilizing human and birds as her subjects. Her work can be found in many public and private collections including Glaxo Smith Kline, Kerner & Kerner, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Sterling Drug Company, Price Waterhouse, Hoyle Morris & Kerr Attorneys, The Logan Hotel, and Numerous Private Collections. She has been published in National Aperture Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lorel Marketing, Pace Advertising and a book cover with Russoli Books NYC.
PNC Bank, Appel Gallery
Recent Group Shows
NYCenter for Photographic Arts, PhotoPlace Gallery
2013, 2014, 2016
Kauschinger, Ashley, "Photo Friday: Hope Kahn," Light Leaked, Friday, May 3, 2013
"Photolucida – Hope Kahn," The Flat File, January 7, 2013
National Aperture Magazine
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ike the Cook, Book Cover, Russoli NYSKIN-Publication, 2016
Seitities Magazine, 2016
Curiouser and Curiouser Dreams and Fictions, 2015
In Bloom, 2015
In the Collections of: Glaxo Smith Kline, Kerner & Kerner, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Sterling Drug Company, Price Waterhouse, Hoyle, Morris & Kerr Attorney, Logan Hotel Philadelphia, Numerous Private Collections