The Botanical Garden of Naples is committed to the link between plants and people. What better way to embrace this relationship in Southwest Florida than through the world-renowned work of Clyde Butcher. With his century-old camera, Butcher has explored and documented the Everglades for more than three decades. The result is a stunning collection of large format black and white photographs that capture untouched parts of the country’s largest subtropical wilderness. Delicate ecosystems, rare botanical specimens and grandiose landscapes highlight the wonders of this mysterious part of our country.
Often referred to as “Ansel Adams of Florida,” Clyde Butcher is today widely recognized as America’s greatest landscape photographer. Known as much for his commitment to the environment as for his captivating black and white imagery, Butcher uses his lens as a platform to inspire and educate people about the importance of preserving the beauty of wild Florida and other landscapes. fragile.
Butcher’s unique approach to his art is also something he is admired and known for. Literally immersing himself in the landscape, often wading chest-deep in swampy waters with his large format cameras, he waits to “feel” the right moment, which sometimes takes years. His stunning mural-sized photographs immerse the viewer in the surroundings and create the awe-inspiring feeling that you are there.
America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher showcases Butcher’s artistic eye as well as his deep and long-standing commitment to conservation. Her work challenges us to explore the heritage we share in the natural world and to work together to protect it. Through his photography, Butcher hopes to educate the public by bringing environmental issues to the forefront of public consciousness.
Supported by Mattamy Homes, this exhibit, on display until June 15, is located inside Kapnick Hall and is included in general admission to the garden. For more information, visit www.naplesgarden.org. ??