Photographer Beth Moon just released a book called “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time,” named after her photo series of the same name. Containing 60 of her astonishing shots of gigantic trees from all over the world, her new book of tree portraits is a wonderful collection to any art and nature lover’s coffee table book collection.
In a decade and a half of shooting, the San Francisco based photographer could only say so much. A few years back she had stated that many of the trees she had the pleasure of photographing had survived “because they are out of reach of civilization.” Hiking through mountainsides, protected land, and private estates, the photographer shares with the world what few are lucky to see.
“Certain species exist only in a few isolated areas of the world,” she explains. “For example; there are 6 species of spectacular baobabs, found only on the island of Madagascar. Sadly, the baobab is now one of the three most endangered species on the island.”
And no, she doesn’t just point and shoot at any old-looking tree. She has criteria – age, immense size, or notable history. She would research locations through botanical books, tree registers, history books, newspaper articles, and of course any information she can get from both friends and fellow travelers.
“Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment, celebrating the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries,” she says.
But just because she published this already doesn’t mean her fascination with trees ends there – her newest photo series called “Diamond Nights” showcases trees photographed against starry backgrounds.
Here are a few excerpts from Portraits of Time:
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