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Gardening at Night

‘Cig Harvey’s photographs harbour stories and secrets, sometimes with words that images refer to at the most unexpected angles. Things are not always what they seem, all the world’s a metaphor and the commonplace a fable.’
Vicky Goldberg, extract from essay in the book

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Author: Cig Harvey


Gardening At Night is an exploration of home, family, nature, and time. It’s predecessor, You Look At Me Like An Emergency captured journeys in finding and defining home, while Gardening At Night denotes settling into one’s landscape, and creating life where you are. The narrative throughout has a delicious element of magical realism – the viewer is left with the feeling of waking within a dream. On the other hand there is a familiarity in what she evokes – something primal and instinctual that points to each person’s connection to nature. Seasons feature prominently as metaphors for the cycle of life, and interplays between shadow and light underscore the work. Each photograph and written vignette offers a tactile experience of things that ordinarily seem intangible – the secret life of birds, of barren winter trees, of the lake in spring time, or the girl in the window whose house you pass every day. The jewel-toned images are arresting and weighted, but punctuated as always by Cig’s characteristic whimsical style. The result is an intensely personal collection that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.


Reviews & Features:
The Telegraph
The International New York Times
Down East magazine
Aesthetica Magazine July/August 2015
Interview with PDN
Interview with Photoparley
F-Stop Magazine
Pro Photographer
The Independent on Sunday Magazine
Creative Review April 2015 iPad edition
Aesthetica Magazine
Style Carrot
Vogue Spring Photobooks Guide


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Design: Deb Wood
ISBN: 9789053308448
22.5 x 22.5 cm
Hardbound with linen cover
144 pages with 80 photos in full colour

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Weight 0.900 kg


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