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Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees - Beth Moon

Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

By: Beth Moon

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2016
ISBN: 9780789212672
Number Of Pages: 116

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Photographer Beth Moon revisits the world's oldest trees in the darkest places on earth, using colour photography to capture vibrant night time skies

Throughout much of the world, night skies are growing increasingly brighter, but the force that protects the remaining naturally dark sky, unpolluted by artificial light, is the same that saves its ancient trees—isolation. Staking out some of the world's last dark places, photographer Beth Moon uses a digital camera to reveal constellations, nebulae, and the Milky Way, in rich hues that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye. As in her acclaimed first volume, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, these magnificent images encounter great arboreal specimens, including baobabs, olive trees, and redwoods, in such places as South Africa, England, and California.

In her artist's statement, Beth Moon describes the experience of shooting at night in these remote places. An essay by Jana Grcevich, postdoctoral fellow of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, provides the perspective of a scientist racing to study the stars in a world growing increasingly brighter. Clark Strand, the author of Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, takes a different tack, illuminating the inherent spirituality of trees.

About the Authors

Beth Moon is a photographer based in New York who has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections and have appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada, receiving widespread critical acclaim. With this new book, she explores colour photography for the first time.

Clark Strand is an American author and lecturer on spirituality and religion.

Jana Grcevich is a Kathryn W. Davis postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Industry Reviews

Praise for Beth Moon:

"A jewel of a book." -- Booklist, starred review San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection

"Beth's portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees." -- Dr. Jane Goodall

Diamond Nights by Beth Moon

Revealing Darkness by Jana Grcevich


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Photography as Pilgrimage by Clark Strand


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ISBN: 9780789212672
ISBN-10: 0789212676
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 116
Published: 1st December 2016
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 28.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.39

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