Earlier this week I was looking through some sample books that Blurb sent me and noticed a colour picture of Madagascar. Initially I was only going to look up the photographer’s web site for one of my nieces who is going down there this summer. I didn’t find the colour picture but I did find that the photographer, Beth Moon, a new name to me, seems to specialise in black and white and particularly trees:

The criteria I use for choosing particular trees are basically three: age, immense size or notable history. I research the locations by a number of methods; history books, botanical books, tree registers, newspaper articles and information from friends and travelers.

The process I use for exhibition prints is platinum/palladium printing. By using the longest lasting photographic process, I hope to speak about survival, not only of man and nature’s but to photography’s survival as well. For each print I mix ground platinum and palladium metals with iron oxide, making a tincture that is hand-coated onto heavy watercolor paper and exposed to light. With this process the metals are actually embedded into the paper. A platinum print can last for centuries, drawing on the common theme of time and survival, pairing photographic subject and process.

The sets that most impressed me were Portraits of Time and islands of the dragon’s blood which shows the amazing trees of Socotra in the Indian Ocean.