Linda Cardona – Empress Gardens
From early spring to the end of fall, our garden is a paradise of ever changing beauty. The flowers look different in the morning, mid-day, and evening as the light changes from early morning glow to harsh overhead light to the warm tones of the calm golden hour before sunset. The flowers provide a series of contrasts. We have delicate and bold, intricate and simple, repetitive and unique, vivid and pastel. There are a vast array of patterns, designs and shapes. We conservatively have over 100 different flowers in our garden. As a photographer, gardens provide inspiration, opportunity, challenge and always, a learning experience.
I have been working on this exhibit for a year. I started in the spring of 2016 earnestly taking pictures of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths – working my way through the summer and fall towards a collection of thousands of images.
I have learned to observe the light as it completely changes the colours, textures and tones of the flowers in the images. It becomes essential to take the time to study the flowers and capture all possible angles in order to get interesting and unique perspectives. It is often surprising to see which shots are the best.
I have created a multitude of effects with my flower photography, from the pure traditional look to the extreme avant-garde. Once again, I dedicate my flower exhibit to my husband Chris, whose time, energy and creativity result in the bounty and splendour of our garden.
Linda Cardona is a Peterborough photographer who captures nature’s beauty in all four seasons.
Linda has loved photography for as long as she can remember and was inspired at a young age by her grandmother who was passionate about photography. She inherited her grandmother’s camera and so learned photography on a manual film camera. It was a great initial exposure to understanding the technical side of photography.
She has taken courses in both photography and Photoshop at Fleming College. Photo Shop allows her to take her photography to the next level.
Developing a “photographer’s eye” is an ongoing experience and Linda is always looking for the best angle to get that shot. She is constantly analyzing light, colours, shapes and shadows and reflections.
Peterborough provides Linda with countless opportunities to photograph nature’s beauty, especially flowers. Landscapes, portraits and bridges are also favourite topics. She feels equally comfortable working in colour or black and white.
Linda is pleased to share her work through both group and solo exhibits. She is proud to have won many photography awards and to have appeared in both local and Canadian publications. She loves giving talks about her work and has also judged several photo competitions.
This is Linda’s 5th SPARK Photo Festival exhibit. She would like to graciously acknowledge the wonderful people and opportunity of SPARK. SPARK was the catalyst to show her work, create a focus and develop her career as a photographer.