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Max A Rush Exhibition, Horniman Museum, London

Atmospheric Photographs Reveal South London’s Natural Beauty

Max Rush

Max A Rush is a professional landscape photographer specialising in London’s parks and gardens. With a background in art, music and natural history, he first became interested in photography while working as a naturalist for the national parks service in Quebec. He continued his studies in the UK with a series on the mid Wales landscape and then, on moving to London began photographing his local park.


Atmospheric photographs of some of south London’s most beautiful parks, green spaces and natural areas are to go on display at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill.

The Height of Summer

Taken by London-based landscape photographer Max A Rush (who we featured in a previous issue -Brockwell Park -a year in Landscape Photographs), the collection entitled South London Landscapes is on display from Saturday 23 May 2015 in the Horniman’s Gallery Square space.

The photographs, which include pictures of the Horniman Gardens, are taken in unusual and beautiful weather and capture how the passage of the seasons and the forces of the weather transform the appearance and character of the local landscape.

Max Rush says: ‘These are a few of my favourite locations around south London. I’ve continually returned to them over the years, watching the seasons pass and the elements batter, freeze and occasionally warm their well-worn faces. I’ve witnessed moments of transcendental beauty in familiar places and endeavoured to capture them as truthfully as I can. So many people fight their way out of the city every week for the sake of nature, but perhaps what they’re looking for was here all along.’

Wes Shaw, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman says: ‘It’s great to see pictures of the Horniman Gardens in this collection of stunning photographs, reminding us how lucky we are to have so many areas of natural beauty around us.’

September Sunset, the Bandstand

To complement the Horniman’s indoor Plantastic exhibition, from 30 May 2015 visitors to its 16 acres of beautiful of gardens can also see specially designed and themed outdoor displays including a mass planting of sunflowers, a floral picture of the ‘anatomy’ of a flower, and a spectacular border themed around plants that attract pollinating insects. Photographs taken by Max of these displays as they grow will be incorporated into South London Landscapes over the summer months.

Areas featured in South London Landscapes are Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Dulwich Wood, Ruskin Park and the Horniman Gardens.

South London Landscapes can be seen from Saturday 23 May 2015. Entry to the display is free.

Plantastic runs until Sunday 1 November 2015. Ticket prices: Child £3.85; Adult £7.15; Family £18.15 (includes 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation). Horniman Members go free. See www.horniman.ac.uk/plantastic for more information and to book tickets. Admission to the displays in the Gardens is free.


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