San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon spent the last 14 years running around the world in search of the oldest, most exquisite trees. Like her incredibly durable and timeless subjects, she developed her photos using an extremely rare and arduous platinum/palladium process to stand the test of time. The result is something truly magical, with a depth you”ve never seen before in photography.
Moons collected work of 60 duotone prints were recently published in a new book titled Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.
From her publisher, Abbeville Press:
“This handsome volume presents sixty of Moons finest tree portraits as full-page duotone plates.”
“The pictured trees include the tangled, hollow-trunked yewssome more than a thousand years oldthat grow in English churchyards; the baobabs of Madagascar, called “upside-down trees” because of the curious disproportion of their giant trunks and modest branches; and the fantastical dragons-blood trees, red-sapped and umbrella-shaped, that grow only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa.”
(via This Is Colossal)
If you”d like to see more of Beth”s work, be sure to check out her upcoming book on photos. It will feature images of trees taken against starry nights. They”re incredibly dynamic, and a great companion to her black and white set.