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This website´s mission was originally to “liberate” many photos which had so far been pressed tight in countless pages of photo albums, suffered in the dark spaces of boxes full of Kodachrome slides or accumulated many gigabytes of space in several external hard drives.

It only needed a name to leap into existence…and here is the genesis to it.

Gardenias (or jasmines) are summer favourites of mine. They were the certain smell of many sunny summer afternoons. Two images come to mind -of times when I remember smelling gardenias: walking down narrow alleys in Rome, with brick alls covered in these tiny flowers, steps down from the residence of the President,  and walking past street flower vendors at a train station in Buenos Aires -where dozens of bundles of gardenias pile up on tables, waiting for busy passers by to take them home.

Another favourite is the film “Sabrina”  , both  Billy Wilder´s 1954 version starring Audrey Hepburn and Sydney Pollack´s 1995 remake  with Harrison Ford. One of the characters refers to Jon Milton´s song of 1634 which starts with “Sabrina Fair” .

Two random memories. Connected by a random anagram that represents the eyes beyond the camera in this website. All relevant letters are there, it has an airy, evocative sound to it. Welcome to Gardenia Fair!

Thanks for visiting -hope you enjoy the photos.



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