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Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time

Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time

作者 : Beth Moon

出版社 : ABBEVILLE PRESS

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60張照片,精彩絕倫的攝影集,你從沒見過最巨大,奇型怪狀的樹,有的已經存活了四千多年。你現在不看,也許以後就沒機會看到,這些古老的樹正在從地球上漸漸消失。

美國攝影師 Beth Moon 花了14年,從英國墓地到馬達加斯加,再到索科特拉島,尋找、拍攝世界上最古老的樹,這些能過存活下來的巨樹,是因為它們位於人跡罕至的保護地區。最長壽的是馬達加斯加島的猴麵包樹,被稱為顛倒樹,巨大的樹幹卻有著纖細的樹枝,毫不相稱。全世界8個不同品種的猴麵包樹,有6種是馬達加斯加島獨有的,然而遺憾的是這些樹即將滅絕,人類以後也許只能在照片裡看見猴麵包樹了。

Beth Moon表示,站在地球上最大的活化石面前,感到自己拍攝這些巨樹可能產生的意義,希望在這個時代,能夠帶給人類一些警示,如何兼顧人類想要的美好生活與環境問題。

Captivating black-and-white photographs of the world's most majestic ancient trees. Beth Moon's fourteen-year quest to photograph ancient trees has taken her across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. 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. This handsome volume presents nearly seventy 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. Moon's narrative captions describe the natural and cultural history of each individual tree, while Todd Forrest, vice president for horticulture and living collections at The New York Botanical Garden, provides a concise introduction to the biology and preservation of ancient trees. An essay by the critic Steven Brown defines Moon's unique place in a tradition of tree photography extending from William Henry Fox Talbot to Sally Mann, and explores the challenges and potential of the tree as a subject for art.
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