Beth Moon’s fourteen-year quest to photograph ancient trees with their mysterious beauty perfected by age and the power was recently featured in the Indy100 from the Independent.
Beth traveled across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to create this work. Some of her subjects grow in isolation, on remote mountainsides, private estates, or nature preserves; others maintain a proud, though often precarious, existence in the midst of civilization. All, however, share a mysterious beauty perfected by age and the power to connect us to a sense of time and nature much greater than ourselves. It is this beauty, and this power, that Moon captures in her remarkable photographs.
Beth's first book, Ancient Trees, presents sixty of Moon’s finest tree portraits as full-page duotone plates. The pictured trees include the tangled, hollow-trunked yews—some more than a thousand years old—that 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 dragon’s-blood trees, red-sapped and umbrella-shaped, that grow only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa.
She revisited many of these locations in her second book, Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees, using color photography to capture vibrant nighttime skies