The older they are, the more impressive trees can be. Their roots break the earth, thick and gnarled. Their branches twist and turn, creating unique views. Their leaves rise so high in the sky, that they seem to pierce the clouds. Led by the beauty of old trees, Beth Moon, a photographer from San Francisco that works exclusively with the platinum/palladium process embarked on a fourteen year old journey to immortalize the oldest trees of the world.
The photographer has traveled across the globe, stopping on almost every continent in her quest to find the largest, rarest, and oldest trees on Earth. She found her subjects in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Some of the trees photographed by Beth Moon grow in complete isolation, “on remote mountainsides, private estates, or nature preserves.” Others were found in the midst of civilization, growing proudly in the adversity of the modern world. All of them share the same ethereal beauty shaped by the passage of time that let its mark on them.
“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.” write Moon in her artist statement.
When her fourteen year old quest was finished, Beth Moon put together her duotone photos of the oldest trees on Earth to create a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. The book contains thousand year old yews that grow in English church yards, baobabs of Madagascar and dragon’s-blood trees that can be found only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa. Each tree is accompanied by its natural and cultural history.
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