Scott McFarland‘s photo series, A Cultivated View, now exhibiting at the National Gallery of Canada, documents sculpted Vancouver gardens. The images, as carefully controlled as the gardens they depict, are strangely insidious. Unlike the nature photographers and National Geographic features he mimics, McFarland makes landscaped spaces seem absurd, like deceitfully calm settings for Wes Anderson films.
Sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), A Cultivated View was accompanied by an interview between CMCP Associate Curator Andrea Kunard and McFarland which is archived on the Museum’s website. In it, McFarland discusses his approach to light, his choice of subjects, and “compositional pleasure,” among other ideas. A Cultivated View will remain on display through September 13th.