Photographer Blackwell draws on his experience as head of creative development at Getty Images to inspire an international troupe of stellar nature photographers to portray with exquisite artistry trees and forests. The result is a gorgeous, generously proportioned showcase dedicated to celebrating the planet’s longest living entities, “the ultimate survivalists,” and advocating for worldwide protection of trees and forests. Blackwell covers a remarkable amount of information about the lives of trees and their phenomenal contribution to human life in his quote-laced commentary, succinctly concluding, “Without them, there is no us.” While Blackwell analyzes the threats facing forests, and assures readers that every tree planted is a bid for life, the book’s dramatic and surprising photographs dazzle with the astonishing ingenuity, diversity, and beauty, both majestic and intimate, of trees—from close-ups of veined leaves, sculptural roots, and tapestried bark to panoramas of forest cathedrals, trees standing in a froth of bluebells, and trees with limbs raised like sylvan Rockettes. Each tree is a universe to the many life-forms it harbors; each is an oxygen-providing “savior of the planet.” --Donna Seaman
About the Author
Lewis Blackwell likes to make beautiful books with inspiring ideas. Whether it is his passion for trees, which led to the bestselling Life and Love of Trees (celebrated on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and featured on oprah.com, among others) or more arcane delights in the history of typography and vernacular signage (20th Century Type and Ed Fella Letters on America), or sharing his powerful insights from the top table in photography (Photowisdom), the resulting books are always highly visual, original in thought and word, and accessible.
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