One image above is of a weeping beech tree in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, New York. It was taken by the American photographer Mitch Epstein and is included in a retrospective of work from past winners of the Prix Pictet at this year’s edition of the photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles (see slideshow above).
For his “New York Arbor” series Epstein spent almost two years travelling through the city’s five boroughs photographing striking and unusual trees. Often returning to capture the same trees in different seasons and light, Epstein says he wanted to remind us to look closer at parts of nature that often go unseen in the urban environment.
‘New York Arbor’ is on display until September 21 at Les Rencontres d’Arles.
Slideshow photographs: Vik Muniz/Sikkema Jenkins & Co; Blind Piate, New York; Luc Delahaye/Galerie Nathalie Obadia; Benoit Aquin; Nadav Kander/Flowers Gallery; Mitch Epstein/Faif Collection/Gallery Focus 21; Ciril Jazbec; Daile Kaplan/Swann Auction Galleries; Hans Eijkelboom; Jos Houweling; Mazaccio & Drowilal; Raymond Depardon; Nobuyoshi Araki/Anton Kern Gallery, New York