What were originally designed by Andre Le Notre in the 17th century as entertainment gardens for the kings’ court have become, in many instances, the terrain vague, or disregarded landscape. The countryside where the gardens were built has become the city and the suburbs of Paris, France, turning the bucolic into urban landscapes. With a short ride from the city, one can enter a world of solitude, beauty and peace. In my photography I have concentrated my focus on the periphery of the gardens, where time and space are given to contemplation and reflection.
These images are from my forthcoming photobook Going Out, which will be available on my website this fall.
— Christine Riedell, Richmond, California