Posted by Workbook on 03/04/2015 — Filed under: Features, Galleries, Headline, Photography
From Seattle to San Francisco, Minneapolis to LA, and of course, New York City, award winning photographer Robert A. Ripps
captures Urban Trees
in their native habitats, sometimes as seemingly inhospitable as an inaccessible alley behind a building, a long vacant lot, or a small dirt plot on the edge of a sidewalk.
In his first monograph, Urban Trees
, Ripps answers the question, how does a tree grow in Brooklyn, or in other cities, where people and concrete are constantly encroaching? Like all tenacious urbanites, they adapt: They grow through fences, around scaffolds, and even occasionally, in actual dirt with enough space to receive sunshine and water. They wear their scars, and all too often plastic bags, proudly. Their story, like that of their human neighbors, is about adaptability and creativity. Urban Trees
looks to honor them as wooden warriors, fighting a never-ending struggle to survive in our modern, man-made world.
Beautifully designed by Jan Uretsky/Uretsky & Co., the images are presented simply on the page, as if one were peering out a window onto a cityscape. Rarely do people intrude into the scenes, although their influence is often strongly felt.
Robert A. Ripps is the illustrator of SHE’S OUT THERE! The Next Generation of Presidential Candidates
(LifeTime Media, May 2009), which examined the lives, visions and political ambitions of a diverse cross section of 35 American women between the ages of 5 and 35, through personal essays and environmental portraits of the subjects.