Branch­ing out

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Pho­tog­ra­pher Beth Moon cap­tures an­cient trees

eth Moon is not a Santa Fe res­i­dent, but the city is one of her fa­vorite places. What draws her here are “the shapes, color, and light of the land­scape,” she told Pasatiempo. “It has a very sooth­ing ef­fect, like a tonic.” She may as well have been de­scrib­ing her photography, which can also serve as a balm for our tech-driven lives. Moon has photographed an­cient trees all over the world, cap­tur­ing im­ages of sur­vivors that are seem­ingly im­per­vi­ous to time. Their cur­va­ceous trunks may hold the sug­ges­tion of move­ment, but they know how to stand still. Among the species Moon fa­vors are baob­abs, quiver trees, bristle­cone pines, ju­nipers, Joshua trees, se­quoias, and oaks. On Feb. 1, 2017, Verve Gallery of Photography, which has rep­re­sented Moon for al­most a decade, will close af­ter al­most 14 years. Moon is among the artists rep­re­sented in the gallery’s fi­nal show, open­ing Fri­day, Dec. 2. Her work is in the col­lec­tions of in­sti­tu­tions such as the Mu­seum of Fine Arts in Hous­ton and the Mu­seum of Pho­to­graphic Arts in San Diego. Moon’s 2014 book of pho­to­graphs, An­cient Trees: Por­traits of Time (Abbeville Press), is an ode to trees, as is her most re­cent book, this year’s An­cient Skies, An­cient Trees (Abbeville Press), but she uses a strik­ingly dif­fer­ent ap­proach to the same sub­ject in the lat­ter se­ries of pho­to­graphs.

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