About

Do you love gnomes?  Do you love Boston?  You'll love the Boston Garden Gnome!

At the Boston Garden Gnome, we strive to create and capture whimsical, fun portraits of a much-loved garden gnome sightseeing in the Boston area. Our portraits are designed to promote the tradition of the "traveling gnome" who is out and about pursuing new adventures. 

History/back story:

Since Amélie in 2001, I've had a special place in my heart for garden gnomes. I was taking college courses in Toulouse, France, during the time of the movie's original release and became enamored with the movie's whimsical storyline. I bought a gnome and took him around, photographing him on a class trip to Paris later that same summer: at l'Arc de Triomphe, la tour Eiffel, le Louvre, Notre-Dame, Sacré Coeur, and the little Café des 2 Moulins that's featured in Amélie. Unfortunately, 2001 was also pre-digital cameras, so my photos never came out well - either the gnome or the landmark location was blurry. Ironically, my one in-focus photo of the gnome is at a bar in Paris called The Horse's Tavern, where I had helped my friends to consume a meter of beer.






Fast forward to 2013 and my original garden gnome, a little worse for the wear, now resides in Boston. My daughter Gabriella has taken a fondness to the gnome, and so I've set out again 12 years later, to photograph the gnome gallivanting around Boston and to document his sightseeing in photos, now taken with a digital SLR, for her to enjoy. Someday, we plan to make the trip back to Paris to re-photograph the gnome at the original locations where he posed in 2001.

There's a bittersweet byline to the story that I should also add, which is that in 2012, Emily, one of my dear friends who was studying abroad with me in Toulouse, passed away suddenly. She had a garden gnome, too, a little fisherman-inspired gnome, purchased at the same store and at the same time as my gnome in 2001. Her gnome probably still exists somewhere, and was once photographed in the same locations as my gnome. Her photographs of her gnome were presumably as poor as those I took and who knows if she kept any of them, so you'll just have to trust that I'm not making this story up, because it'll be tough to prove. Anyway, Emily, this blog is dedicated to you.

PS. We've got a book available on Etsy and for download on Amazon - check it out! xo