Rachel Sussman is a Brooklyn-based contemporary photographer who has managed to put together a rather amazing photo book entitled “The Oldest Living Things in the World”. The book ha s foreword by Carl Zimmer and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and includes infographics, essays, and more than a hundred high resolution images. Here are a couple of the living things in Rachel’s books: The “Trembling Giant," a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old and the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters annually and live over 3,000 years. Rachel got to them just in time, as some of them have died due to climate change and human encroachment in the time it took the book to be published.
I love my dogs, reading books, and taking great pictures with my battered but still functional digital camera. Taking great pictures with a high end camera is almost too easy, producing fantastic images with an outdated one is an accomplishment by itself.