picture perfect gardens
A peek inside Stacy Bass' latest title, Gardens at First Light.
Published Jun 8, 2012 5:39 PM
Hello again domino! I’m excited to finally be able to share my new book with you – now available on domino.com!
A sunken garden and pergola at sunrise
A big part of my work is photographing gardens and landscapes. I shoot for landscape designers and architects, homeowners looking to chronicle their gardens, garden clubs working on submissions to the Smithsonian and so much more! My book, Gardens at First Light, focuses on 12 magnificent gardens – from traditional, grand, and gorgeous to the more intimate and casual. We aimed to showcase the beauty and bounty of these amazing places.
Incredible animal topiaries punctuate an undulating stone wall
An incredible tree and stone footstool
the perfect setting a meal in the garden
An Allison Armour sculpture is the centerpiece of this pocket garden
Here’s a small sampling of some of the many images that are featured in the book. Each chapter includes text by writer Judy Ostrow which describes some of the history and inspiration for the gardens. The book also features wonderfully detailed and information-rich captions about everything from design decisions to the precise variety of roses and more.
Since my first book, In the Garden, came out in 2012, I have often been asked about my own garden. And until just a couple of years ago, I had to admit that I really didn’t have one. It was so great to be able to share images that I shot from many different kinds of gardens over the past few years with my landscape architect Sean Jancski, who would in turn help me create the garden of my dreams. Modern, structured, textural, lush, and very green, punctuated by some really outstanding art. You can find it in Gardens at First Light as well!
In addition to broader photographs that will give you a sense of the scope and scale of the gardens, the book also highlights break taking details and color. Some of my favorite images are of close up botanicals.
And finally, for those among you who are interested in more than just a pretty picture, the text and captions, coupled with the Garden Reference Guide in the rear of the book, offer a chance to really dig in and explore. Hand-drawn sketches by James Gerrity provide context and structure for the photographs, with additional perspectives on each of the gardens.
Gardens at First Light is the debut title for athome Books. This new imprint of Moffly Media under the creative direction of Amy Vischio is sure to be producing some amazing projects in the years to come.
I hope that I’ve enticed you to take a closer look and that Gardens at First Light will become your go-to gift! Enjoy!