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REACHING FOR THE STARS

by

Beth Moon

Friday, 21 August 2015

Our relationship to the wild has always played an important role in my work. This series on starlit baobab and quiver trees was inspired by two fascinating, scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles. Most locations were truly wild and remote, far from civilisation and light pollution in the southern hemisphere of Africa in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Mighty and eccentric baobabs and surreal quiver trees are featured in this work, titled after constellations named by the ancient Greeks and Romans. – Photographer Beth Moon
baobab

? Titled after the constellation “LYRA”

? Titled after the constellation “CORVUS”

baobab

? Titled after the constellation “ANDROMEDA”

? Titled after the constellation “POLARIS”


baobab

? Titled after the constellation “ARA”

baobab

? Titled after the constellation “IZAR”

? Titled after the constellation “HERCULES”

baobab

? Titled after the constellation “VELA”

baobab

? Titled after the constellation “OCTANS”

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER


The American-born photographer BETH MOON has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Since 1999, Moon’s work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore, receiving widespread critical praise. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections, and in 2013, the first monograph of her work, Between Earth and Sky was published by Charta Art Books of Milan. In 2014, Abbeville Press published, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, with a third book to follow in 2015 from German publisher, Galerie Vevais titled, La Langue Verte.
Beth’s work can be seen at www.bethmoon.com
Her book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time is available from the publisher, Abbeville Press or Amazon.

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