Walk through a garden on a warm April day, find everything suddenly in bloom.  Notice how the garden is alive with new sounds and smells.  There are birds singing, fluttering above, squirrels and brown cottontail rabbits playing on the grass.  People come out of their homes and wander the quiet paths, so happy to see the bright colors, transported for a moment from their dreary lives, watching the birth of new life.  Mothers appear with babies in strollers.  And I take out my camera and run around like a nut, taking pictures as fast as I can, so thrilled am I to have happened upon this unexpected day.


Perfect Day

Perfect Day

Photography is what happened to me while I was living my life.  I’ve been a photographer for over 40 years.  Never a snapper of the typical snapshot, I always looked at my camera as an extension of my art, one of many tools.  I grew up in a family that encouraged artistic development, with ballet classes, art school, music lessons, trips to the art museum and children’s concerts at the Academy of Music considered a necessary part of my education.  My mother was an accomplished classical pianist.  Her close friends were well respected artists.  It was all around me, all of my life, and so to be serious about art was as natural as breathing out with that long pure note in song. 

When I go out with my camera, it is an artistic adventure.  I am looking at the world, waiting to be inspired.  I want to see what’s new, different, exquisite.  There is always something there, if I am patient and look carefully.  The world is an amazing place, full of secrets waiting to be disclosed. 

My photographs are like a story of my life.  They tell where I’ve been, who I’ve loved, what has fascinated me along the way.  They are the places I’ve lived and memories of times long gone.  I photograph flowers and gardens because when I see the beauty in nature I am enchanted.  It gives hope to know however dark a day may be, there is magic in the world, there is love and kindness there too, for what could a flower be but a gift of love.

- Ellen Blanchette


Brooklyn Cherry Blossom
White Peony
WFC Atrium
Brooklyn Cherry Blossom
White Peony
WFC Atrium
Rockefeller Center Pink Lilies Water Lily
Rockefeller Center
Pink Lilies
Water Lily


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