NYT Magazine: how To see a Tree

“Yes, there’s more than concrete in the urban jungle of New York City.” ~ Michael Kimmelman

A great article and even better photos from how To see a Tree from this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.  Mitch Epstein has been photographing trees (from a 1985 list of arboreal landmarks) around NYC for the past year.  He wanted to prove you don’t have to go far to see the beauty of nature.  Check out the article.  I think it will make you rethink the way you look at this city.


Weeping Beech, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2011.

“…Epstein’s pictures are portraits of these trees, but only sort of. The trees are not archetypes. They’re neighborhood characters, metaphors for urban life and architectural monuments. Before a strip of Korean stores in Flushing, a stubbly bald cypress on Northern Boulevard stands on a windswept sidewalk — as with many of the trees Epstein picks out, it’s an immigrant in New York…”

 

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