form follows function

form follows function was by no means invented by an architect of the 19th century, no, the farmers everywhere had followed this principle more or less intentionally probably everywhere in the world. in this farmer’s garden from maybe 100 years ago, now rebuilt in a museum village in austria, this guideline shows up in many incarnations: the placement of the flowers next to the fence because the space inside was needed for vegetables, the mixture of vegetables itself, following implied principles of organic gardening, the fence of small fir stems, doubled in density in the lower half to keep of the hen there and deer, roe and cow in the upper region…what i do like is the harmony not only of the forms here but also the colors.

form follows function(2) nothing overly vivid is needed, no gaudy colors, yet the color contrast of red and green is attractive, hilarating and harmonious. and if you think the carriage/horseman scenery is too much cliche, let met tell you that it just happened: they arrived, the coachman just patted his horses and spoke to them while the son organised the beer, and then he had his break, chatting with bystanders or just standing. he was him, and it showed in a short and precious moment. the art of photography was to capture without intruding.

2 comments

  1. As someone who is just putting in her garden for the first time (and in a new country) I appreciate the garden photo! If only mine turns out half as well I would be so pleased.

    Love the colors and textures!

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