By Steve Polston
Developed by the Olmstead Brothers landscape firm in the 1920s, the grounds of the Oldfields estate at the Indianapolis Museum of Art near Crown Hill Cemetery is an evolving, living work of architectural art and history.
Clearly the nine decades of natural growth and weather have affected the Olmsteads' original plan for the estate grounds, but the grounds themselves are a testament to how the IMA interprets this maturing landscape.
You may find this place to be a lovely place to stroll on your visit to the city -- if you've never been here, or you may already appreciate the charm and master art exhibited in the gardens. But you can make your own art with your camera on a visit to the IMA Oldfields estate and gardens.
My contemplative images were made in April and May, but what makes this a fascinating place to visit for photography is how light changes the perception of structure throughout the day -- every day.
My images were made on film with a medium format camera, but you can use a smaller 35 mm camera (even a digital point and shoot) to make images you'll find meaningful as you relive a magical day in this beautiful place.