Black Garden



The images in Black Garden by Canadian photographer Osheen Harruthoonyan (Tehran, Iran 1981) were photographed during the summer of 2010 in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh using medium and large format cameras.  Each negative was then manipulated by hand using various chemicals and instruments, merging foreground and background to create an otherworldly space that is more about the memories and history of a place than just a photo of a mountain. These countries have a very rich, complex and ancient history, and throughout the centuries there have been some very dark periods. Nagorno-Karabakh translates to Mountainous Black Garden, but the title also comments on the fading memories, and history of a population who have consistently been at war and lost an incredible amount of their land and history. Processed in a traditional wet darkroom the final fiber based gelatin silver prints are toned with sepia, gold and selenium.