It’s clear our cities are out of balance with nature, I’m often seeking those people and moments that bring this back into some sort of harmony - strange or otherwise. In that sense my photos do have a political urgency of sorts. But this could be as simple as a potted plant, carefully positioned in a sunspot in the home of one of my subjects. I immensely enjoyed a photo essay they other day by Kenneth Helphand who wrote about about the importance of the gardens refugees create.
"...these are examples of defiant gardens, gardens created in extreme or difficult environmental, social, political, economic, or cultural conditions. Normally taken for granted, these defiant gardens, created against all odds, astonish us by their mere presence, but we equally recognise the sheer force of will and effort that goes into their creation. ... Caring for nature, even in this most modest form, can have a profound spiritual power."
Gardens let us be in the moment, and remind us of something far more than the sum of ourselves.