#833 - André Kertész

Kew Gardens, London, 1948
#833 - André Kertész

“I am a lucky man. I can do something with almost anything I see. Everything is still interesting to me"

~ André Kertész

One of the great joys of collecting is that sometimes one discovers something so rare and special that you and no one else has ever seen. Such was my luck when I came across this extremely rare and possibly unique print by one of the great all time masters of photography Andre Kertész. He must have been on a trip or vacation in England and was encouraged to visit the extraordinary botanical gardens of Kew Gardens near London, truly one of the great wonders of the world - this collection of living and stored materials is used by scholars of nature from all over the world.

The photograph is a moment of quiet contemplation and reverence for nature. The subtlety of his use of light and shadow is just sublime. In the hands of an ordinary photographer it could be ordinary and flat, with a poet’s eye Kertész offers us a luminous vision of the power of nature to envelop and inspire.

If you have never visited this paradise on earth I urge you to. You will not be disappointed.