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In the garden with: Ferdinand Graf von Luckner (photographer)

Ferdinand Graf von Luckner – Photo: graf-luckner.de
Ferdinand Graf von Luckner – Photo: graf-luckner.de

Ferdinand Graf von Luckner studied Photography and Film Design in Dortmund and graduated with a degree in Photo Design. He has been working for various European magazines and book publishers as a freelancer for many years. His focus lies on interior design and the garden. He was responsible for the photography of many books e.g. „Die Traumgärten Neuseelands entdecken (Discover the dream gardens of New Zealand)”, „Die geheimen Gärten von Wien (The secret gardens of Vienna)“ and „Der Garten von Hermann Hesse (The garden of Hermann Hesse)”.

Graf von Luckner, you are constantly out and about in the most beautiful gardens in the world. Is that where you get your ideas for your own garden? How does your own green paradise look like?

von Luckner: My garden in Hamburg cannot compare with the most beautiful gardens in the world due to its size, so I have to get my inspiration from other role models. Here it is more about growing plants that stimulate and give joy. Our garden is a jewel on rubble in the middle of the city and in the meantime old enough to prove what I mean.

How did it come that you started specialising in garden photography?

von Luckner: I grew up in a small town. My parent’s house had a big garden – it was an important place in my childhood. I frolicked around there or helped do the gardening to earn some pocket money. Tall cherry trees and lots of quince trees determined the course of the years. In winter, there was enough snow to build an igloo. Hence, it wasn’t exactly an audacious deed for me, an interior design photographer, to dare to step outside. It was more a logical consequence, to encompass the garden in my work as part of the house and vice versa. Ultimately, it was also the enthusiasm that one can share with gardeners when something has been successful and the garden shines in opulence and glory. In order to recognise and demonstrate this and share this enthusiasm I took my camera into the garden.

Your latest project is a book about the award-winning garden of the art curator Roland Doschka in Rottenburg am Neckar. What is special about this garden and what was the challenge in taking photos?

von Luckner: The garden is Roland Doschka’s life work. It unites the flair of the South and the sun of Southern France with the classic tradition of English and Italian garden design as well as his love for his Swabian roots. I have known the garden and its development for 20 years. The special thing about this great place of four hectares is that it hasn’t been torn out of the landscape, but it has developed as part of the landscape. The garden is not an enclosed island, but indeed part of a wide panorama. The photographs intend to show this. It was thus a challenge to correlate the attention to detail with the horizon, to capture the large and small, the near and far in one photo. This is not usually the case, not even in the so-called most beautiful gardens in the world. Only special places offer this aspect and this garden is one of them.

Furthermore the garden of the art curator is one huge work of art. Not only because it is decorated with numerous pieces of art – the design of many garden areas also resembles famous paintings. For example, a painting by Max Liebermann inspired Roland Doschka to create an allee of birch trees, the water lily pond reminds one of Claude Monet’s paintings, cubism with its geometrical shapes was implemented in the form of harsh topiary trees and pointillism is reflected by the wild natural meadow. This is why the book is entitled “Mit Monet, van Gogh und Cézanne im Garten (With Monet, van Gogh and Cézanne in the garden)”. Of course, I particularly wanted to underline these many stimuli and associations to the history of art in my photos. Especially since the pieces of art are printed on the facing pages to the pictures from the garden.

 

"Mit Monet, van Gogh und Cézanne im Garten (With Monet, van Gogh and Cézanne in the garden – Art curator Roland Doschka and his award-winning green paradise)" – Photo: DVA
“Mit Monet, van Gogh und Cézanne im Garten (With Monet, van Gogh and Cézanne in the garden – Art curator Roland Doschka and his award-winning green paradise)” – Photo: DVA

Further information: graf-luckner.de

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