The Camera Craft/ Anderson Japanese Garden Event in Rockford, IL
Recently, we had the opportunity to hold an event with Camera Craft of Rockford, IL, at the incredible Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. Fifty-five attendees and five store staff attended a two-hour preparatory discussion on landscape and macro photography. Then we went out in the gardens to photograph. What an experience.
With no disrespect intended to any of the following extraordinary places in Japan, I have had the opportunity to visit several of the most important shrines and gardens: the old Imperial Palace in Kyoto, The Meiji Restoration Palace, the Shogun’s Palace, the Golden Shrine and the Osaka Castle. I must say that in his design and exquisite implementation of the Anderson Gardens, Hoichi Kurisu has, by compacting features similar to all of those sites within a smaller space, created a more visitor accessible environment without losing any of the incredible artistry and craftsmanship that is present in them. It is truly a remarkable experience.
Japanese gardens are layer upon layer of subtle, symbolic, natural scenes blending water, rock, fish, birds, plants often including such man made objects as tea houses, sculptures, viewing stations, and bridges of wood or stone; all intended to free the mind, focusing it on being in the beauty and tranquility of each area and the transitional paths linking them. They are places of reflection and serenity.
The Anderson Gardens continually surprises and delights with layers of detail and exquisite transitions from one focal point to the next. From the grand waterfall to the tranquility gate, to a tiny nearly hidden water fountain and the great pond filled with koi; every few feet offers another image to be enjoyed.
I had a couple of hours to tour the Gardens before the class got underway. I chose to use my SP 17-50 f/2.8 VC for the images that are below.