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“City Parks: Public Place, Private Thoughts” Has Great Writing, Boring Photos

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 29, 2013 by johnbuckley100

Lion Urn (Dappled Light)


Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux, ND Filter

A few weeks back, we expressed great interest in Bill Clinton’s essay on Dumbarton Oaks, included in Catie Marron’s book, City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts.  Having now bought the book, it is a lovely read, with writers ranging from Jan Morris (Giardino Pubblico, Trieste) to John Banville (Iveagh Gardens, Dublin), from Sir Norman Foster (Grosse Tiegarten, Berlin) to Pico Iyer (Maruyama Koen, Kyoto).   The short essay by Bill Clinton on our favorite local urban oasis, Dumbarton Oaks, which is a short distance from our home, is wonderful.

Interestingly, the photographer Oberton Gili illustrates the book with images from each of the gardens, and in this we were disappointed.  He must only have had a single day to photograph Dumbarton Oaks, because it is so much more mysterious, beguiling, quirky, and enigmatic than the photos let on.  We say this not simply because we have made a long, photographic study of it, but because as a regular visitor, we were frustrated by how it is depicted.  Perhaps fans of the Presidio, or Park Guell will say the same thing about their favorite parks.  To us, though, we bought the book for the writing, and on that basis, it’s worth buying.

Eagerly Awaiting Bill Clinton’s Essay On Dumbarton Oaks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 14, 2013 by johnbuckley100

Dumbarton Door

All photos Leica Monochrom.

If we had to choose a single favorite urban oasis in the world, we would take Washington’s Dumbarton Oaks.  We have photographed it, and written about it, many times.

There is a magic to this estate at the top of Georgetown, especially on a hot day in a city that was built on a swamp.

Dumbarton Walk

A walk through its large interior is a wonderful place to collect one’s thoughts, to be away from the call of the bustling city.

Dumbarton Pillars

It has certain magical features that one wouldn’t ordinarily expect to be able to visit in a public, urban garden.

Dumbarton Lion

We know there are great parks in Paris and London — in all cities, surely.  But measure for measure, we’ll take Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Floor

Which is why it was such a delightful surprise yesterday to read in the New York Times Magazine that Bill Clinton has added an essay to City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts,
in which he offers his thoughts on a favorite park.  Yes, Dumbarton Oaks.  The book is out tomorrow.

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