For fourteen years, photographer Beth Moon set out to document the world’s oldest and rarest trees. After traveling over five continents, Beth amassed 60 photographs and compiled her fine art prints into a gorgeous book, “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.”
This time around, inspired by science and the relationship between the growth of trees and celestial movement, Beth traveled to the remotest parts of the southern hemisphere, places untouched by light pollution and humans, to create this stunning series, Diamond Nights.
These tall and majestic trees stand proudly against the backdrop of the glittering night sky, a testament to its resilience and perseverance over thousands of years. Research shows us that cosmic radiation is the biggest impactor of growth in trees, even more so than temperature and rainfall. Also, in correlation with the moon and planets, tree buds change size and shape. In her artist’s statement, Beth quotes David Milarch in his book, “The Man Who Planted Trees,”
Trees are solar collectors. Most people equate that with the sun’s energy. But the sun is only one star, and there are billions of stars that influence the Earth with their radiation. I believe energies inside the earth are transmuted and transmitted into the cosmos by the trees, so the trees are like antennas, senders and receivers of earth energies and stellar energies.
These fascinating monuments stand tall, overlooking the earth, living for centuries in its beauty, with a character all their own. Beth captures these magnificent trees using a wide angle lens on moonless nights using up to 30-second exposures. Each image required different lighting techniques to bring out the glow of each tree and each photo was aptly named after the constellations in the background.
To see more of Beth Moon’s stunning work and if you’re interested in her fine art prints, check out her galleries listed on her website: www.bethmoon.com.
[Via My Modern Met]