In his new series, published by Steidl, American photographer Mitch Epstein investigates the meaning of time by photographing millions of years old rocks, and clouds that evaporate before our eyes. These large-format black-and-white pictures examine society’s complex relationship to nature, a theme Epstein has explored in previous work, including his acclaimed tree pictures (New York Arbor, 2013). The way the sky and ground can mirror one another intrigued ancient Chinese painters, as well as modern sculptors and the Surrealists, all of whom inspired this project. Epstein draws attention to the sculptural quality of New York City’s clouds, and architecture, a very mineral city....
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