Design New England

DNE Photographer Wins Gold

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By Allison Nekola

Congratulations to Design New England contributing photographer Lynn Karlin for receiving the 2015 Garden Writers Association (GWA) Gold Award for Best Photography. The national award recognizes the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. Karlin (pictured above, standing in front of “Garlic Scapes,” a print in her The Pedestal Series), who lives in Belfast, Maine, won for “Simply Raw,” a series of provocative vegetable still life portraits published as a calendar.

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Karlin, who over the last seven years has added fine art photography to her garden, food, and lifestyle portfolio, was inspired to create Simply Raw when she returned from a visit to her local farmers market with a head of beautiful purple cauliflower. Wanting to explore the possibilities, she placed the vegetable on a vintage white pedestal by an east-facing window, literally elevating its status and visually creating a compelling still life that dances with light and shadow, colors and form. She eventually added fruit, flowers, mushrooms, and artisan cheeses to the series.

Thanks to her collaboration with Amber Lotus Publishing, her 4th Simply Raw 2016 calendar is now available with another to follow for 2017. In addition to Karlin’s vibrant images of artichokes, tomatoes, and corn, the calendar offers delicious, accessible detox recipes by master chef and best-selling author Matthew Kenney.


Rob Cardillo, another Design New England contributing photographer, received two GWA Silver Awards in the photography category, one for his Winter 2014 cover photo for GROW, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and one for his photos for “Connecticut Crescendo,” an article in Garden Design.


GWA is an international organization of more than 1,400 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry, which for the last 25 years has sponsored these awards.

Some of Karlin’s garden photography can be seen in “Garden of Delight” in our May/June 2014 issue, and in “Almost Heaven” in our March/April 2012 issue.

Great design is always at your fingertips! Read Design New England’s November/December 2015 issue online!

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