By Alex Novak
"I think I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree."
"If you've seen one tree, you've seen them all."
Charles Marville -- Trees
Well guess again, Joyce Kilmer and Spiro Agnew: here are 28 great and very different images of trees that you can feast your eyes on--and actually own.
The poetic photographs in this for-sale exhibition date from the 1850s to contemporary work, and range from Atget's trees of Paris to Lisa Holden's "Constructed Landscape", a digital representation of a forest. Please take a look at the forest AND the trees (very Zen that).
Whatever it is--organic magnetism, an easily photographed non-moving subject or the graphic qualities of sprawling limbs, images of trees have been captured by photographers from the very origins of photography. From Talbot and De Prangey, in calotype or daguerreotype, trees have been the object of photographic attention since the 1830s.
Alfred Eisenstaedt -- Trees in Snow, near Saint-Moritz, Switzerland
The photographers in this Special Exhibit encompass the important and the unknown, including Joel D. Levinson, Alfred Eisenstadt, Jean-Eugene-Auguste Aget, Maurice Georges Chanu, Charles Marville, Josef Sudek, John Sexton, Aaron Siskind, Francis Bolton, and Barbara Morgan.
The prices are also pretty different--ranging from under $1,000 up to $25,000, so there should be something for every tree lover out there. Have you hugged a tree today?