It's no secret, and my bookshelves are testimony. Resting on those shelves are close to three dozen photography art books. They don't sit still long enough to collect dust. I lose myself in the pages regularly, pouring over images rich in luminosity and tonal scale. I love them. Photography is my crack.
Beth Moon is an artist, a photographer, and is perhaps best known for her collection of work entitled Portraits of Time. In this series, she produced wondrous photographs from rare places throughout the world. She traveled for 14 years to accomplish her goal of capturing the oldest and most majestic trees on film.
Moon's series, Seen But Not Heard, are ethereal photographs of children, of course. A whole generation of us grew up in middle-class America being told that Children should be seen and not heard. So, many of us were dutifully silent observers - and Moon captures that one essence of childhood perfectly in this series.
Thy Kingdom Come may be my favorite series of all of Moon's work. She communicates the idea of a totem animal, the capturing of animal spirit, with magnificent and extraordinary beauty. The tonal context and the light and shadow in these photos impart a dreamscape luminosity. Such beautiful innocence!
I'm sure there are many experts and critics who have reviewed her work and found just the right words to extoll Beth Moon. I haven't read the reviews. I don't need to. I have fallen head over heels in love with her art, and that's all there needs to be for me. I know she uses a process called platinum printing that borrows from the old-school silver gelatin prints while incorporating the advances of our digital age. That's all that I need to know.
Learn more about the artist, her process, and view more of this stunning photography at her website. Her newest book of photographs will be coming in October, and you can pre-order Ancient Skies Ancient Trees here at Amazon.com. You can like her Facebook page to follow what she shares, including upcoming shows and lectures.
Most of all, drown yourself in her tonal luminosity.