after a visit in japan lead sussman from the oldest woman in the world to a 7,000 year old japanese cedar tree … she endeavored to capture photographs of the oldest living things in the world.
the result is a book full of nature photos in desaturated hues, framed by thick borders of whitespace and handwritten captions. followed (perhaps) by some contemplation on nature, time and life.
the oldest: bacteria in siberian tundra
the epic adventure: antarctic moss on elephant island
the one in our backyard: palmer’s oak in riverside, california. nearby is a cement factory and suburban sprawl.
the metaphor: this fallen bald cypress was alive when sussman started her endeavor, but burned down after a meth session in the tree’s hollow trunk.
listen to her interview w/madeleine brand on press play HERE
see more photos from this project HERE
buy book at your local bookstore. or HERE