On the day Philippe Jarrigeon was commissioned by PIN-UP magazine to do a photoseries on the French garden at the castle of Marqueyssac in Southwest France, the native French photographer must have been wearing his lucky socks. With a rich history based on the philosophy of intense human control over and command of nature, the French garden is a beautiful -- and, as Marqueyssac Castle's garden shows, bizarre -- botanical concept that lends itself to photography.
Like images out of a Dali painting, the Marqueyssac garden's copses and bushes tumble and recline in alternatively regular and oblong shapes. The castle's forest backdrop further accentuates the meticulous and immaculate care that goes into the plants in the French garden. By comparing "real" trees with the crafted strangeness of the garden, Jarrigeon shows the ability of humankind to both manage and deform nature, making a statement about climate change in the process.