The Cambridge University Botanic Garden and its global plant collection of over 8000 species is an inspirational canvas of dynamic pattern, texture and structure, and is kaleidoscopic in colour. In a permanent state of change and growth as the seasons come around, the Garden is also painted in a different light and mood each day by the weather, offering the visitor endless opportunities for creative expression.
One such regular visitor is photographer Jacqueline Garget, who has been visiting the Botanic Garden with her camera for many years. In each photograph, Jacqueline aims to capture something of nature’s beauty, and foster a greater appreciation of the natural world. She has now assembled a solo exhibition of these uplifting images, entitled Glimpses of the Garden, which opens at PandIS on 11 January 2011. The exhibition reveals Jacqueline’s skilful exploitation of the changing light through the days and seasons to create powerful images that showcase the diversity of life in the Garden, from early bees foraging for nectar in snowdrops to ladybirds exploring the suede casings of opening magnolia flowers.
Professionally, Jacqueline Garget writes fundraising proposals for the Cambridge University Development Office, with a focus on science and medicine, but her leisure time is spent indulging her enduring passion for nature photography, both locally and across the globe. Jacqueline says:
Photography for me is about stopping to really look at things; seeing the intricate details and vibrant colours that make the natural world so extraordinary. It's something I can be completely absorbed by for hours on end. We are very lucky to have this magnificent Garden right on our doorstep, which provides ever-changing sources of inspiration throughout the year, even in the depths of winter.
Glimpses of the Garden runs from 11 January - 4 April 2011 at PandIS (the University of Cambridge’s Photography and Illustration centre). PandIS opening times are Monday to Thursday 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; Friday 9am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm. Admission is free.