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Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time Hardcover – September 9, 2014
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"A project with weight and lasting beauty Ancient Trees provides the kind of thorough and thoughtful portrait that each of these majestic long-lived survivors deserves.” Christian Science Monitor
[Moon] creates magical images that in their blacks and whites, silvers and grays, capture the marvel of arboreal forms and textures . . . [a] jewel of a book.” Booklist, Starred Review
"Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time is well named. One cannot look at Beth Moon's images of gnarled, overgrown trees and not feel the intrinsic gravity of time." Printers Row Journal, Chicago Tribune
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"Trees are notoriously hard to photograph, but Moon captures their individuality with reverent portrayals these are lavish, awe-inspiring pictures...Crossing with ease between realms of natural history and art, this will appeal to all with even the mildest horticultural or photographic interests.” Library Journal
Beth Moon’s stunning images capture the power and mystery of the world’s remaining ancient trees. These hoary forest sentinels are among the oldest living things on the planet, and it is desperately important that we do all in our power to ensure their survival. I want my grandchildrenand theirsto know the wonder of such trees in life and not only from photographs of things long gone. Beth’s portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees.”
Dr. Jane Goodall
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The book is nicely balanced with an introduction by the author, an article on the form and function of ancient trees by Todd Forrest, 62 tree pictures followed by 15 pages of captions, closing comments on the art of the tree by Steven Brown, and a 2-page index of the trees shown.
I highly recommend this book for those interested in unusual trees and nature in general.
We had the chance to ask Beth a few questions on her work.
The best portraits are taken when the photographer feels a connection with the subject, what connection did you feel to the subjects in these images?
It's hard to describe the connection I have to these trees. To say I felt wonder and admiration is putting it lightly, rather it felt like being struck by lightning! Being able to visit these old trees was an experience that I wanted to repeat again and again.
Have you been able to revisit them?
Yes, there are a number of trees that I have gone back to and many others I would love to revisit. For me, it is especially interesting to see changes the seasons bring to the trees.
Did you always know that you wanted this body of work to be a book?
The deeper I got into the project and realized how challenging it was to get to a lot of these locations, it became clear that I wanted to share these images with people who would not be able to see them, so yes, I thought a book would be the best way to do this.
What do you hope people will take from this work?
I have a reverence for nature and certainly it is hard not to sense the majesty of these very large, old trees when in their presence. I hope it permeates my work to some degree. If this comes through in my portraits then I am satisfied. Ultimately, I would hope we could find a better way to live with the environment.
This is a book that should be in your collection if you are a lover of art and nature.
Unfortunately, she made the decision to put just a plate on each page, then put a separate section in the back with thumbnails & a very brief explanation for each. At least she got the Latin names & locations for them. She could have easily put the explanation on most pages & on a facing page otherwise & I wish she had. Flipping back & forth sucked. The paucity of information was just plain frustrating. Luckily, I do have good references. As a coffee table book for someone who really appreciates photography & trees, this is a darn good book. I'm such a person as is my wife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The trees were fascinating. The book was informative and interesting.Published 2 months ago by Ralph O. Dawkins
Fabulous photos of the most beautiful and intriging trees ever! Can you imagine what these trees have seen and survived through??
It is a gem of a book!!
There's something terribly wrong with this book of photographs taken over a number of years by Beth Moore; it should be longer! Much longer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ward Love
I got this for my arborist husband for Christmas and he loves it! I would like to read it... if I can ever get it off him :-DPublished 3 months ago by Stephanie Black