News and Events - Diamond Nights

Monday 1 June 2015

Beth Moon is a San Francisco-based photographer, who has created this beautiful project called 'Diamond Nights'. Beth has been photographing ancient trees affected by cosmic rays at night, following on from her past 14 years of capturing the world's oldest trees in daylight.

The photographs primarily focus on baobab and quiver trees in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

Beth explains through her website: "Our relationship to the wild has always played an important role in my work. This series was inspired by two fascinating, scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles."

A guide lead Beth to each location during the day. She returned to the marked spot at night and took photos with 30 second exposure times to avoid capturing star movement. Each photo is named after the constellations in the background.