Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:47

Renowned night-time photographer Linda Rutenberg will be giving Eden Project visitors a unique insight into the Biomes at night in a major new exhibition opening on May 17.


As an artist in residence, Linda, who refers to herself as the “International Lady of the Night”, will be taking pictures during the night and working on the images in the day.


She will be inviting visitors to watch her edit and prepare the exhibition while engaging with the pictures and learning more about night gardens.


The exhibition, entitled Eden at Night, will be on show until July 31.


Linda has visited many botanical gardens in the USA and her home country of Canada, taking pictures of plants at night.

She has come to the UK to launch her new book The English Garden at Night, published by Thames and Hudson, which features Eden and The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey, among others.


Linda said: “I’ve come to Eden because it is a unique and extraordinary place, built on a dream and a vision. My work comes from a similar source.


“Working at night in the Biomes and experiencing the spiritual qualities and tranquillity of night will be special and I hope to be able to convey those feelings through my images and my exhibition.”


Linda has taught photography and worked as a freelance for more than 25 years. The environment has always been an important element in her work, but over the last four years, her passion for night photography has developed.


Her work is created without the use of traditional photographic lighting. Using nothing but pocket torches and the light of the moon, Linda and her husband Roger reveal how even ordinary plants can be transformed into something mysterious.


Linda is concerned with engaging people with the splendours of nature, the wonder of metamorphosis and the importance of a sense of place. This is why, in her residence at Eden, she hopes that visitors will take a keen interest in her work.

The exhibition will take place in the Core, Eden’s education centre. Atmospheric lighting and music by past Eden Sessions headliner Peter Gabriel will help create the calming mood of a nocturnal garden.


Linda has a Batchelor of Fine Arts in Film and Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.


In 1995 she opened Camera Lucida Image Centre in Montreal which housed a darkroom rental facility, a lab, a school and a gallery. She left the centre in 1997 and opened Galerie Mistral, a fine art photography gallery also in Montreal.


Her work has been exhibited internationally in Canada, the USA, Mexico and Europe. Including The English Garden at Night, she has written a total of 11 books.


Entry to the exhibition is included in the general Eden admission price. While visiting Cornwall, Linda will also be conducting book signings and photography workshops at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.


Sponsoring the tour are Nikon, who have provided cameras and lenses, PermaJet Papers who have given Linda all of the paper on which to print her exhibition on, and Imaging Expert and Shiraz rip who calibrated all of the equipment especially for filming at Eden.


Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Learning, said: “It is always a real privilege to have world class artists working on the Eden site, bringing either their response to, or take on the evolution of the site. With Linda this is especially the case as through her work she is creating both a permanent photographic record of the way the plants are in 2010 and a series of photographs of outstanding beauty."