Fernbank Forest

by Peter Essick

A two-year photographic study of Atlanta’s Fernbank Forest.

This project is the result of a commission from Fernbank Museum to document Fernbank, a 65 acre old-growth forest in Atlanta proper, during a period of restoration. Essick photographed the forest over a two-year period with the goal to produce a personal vision of this natural ecosystem that can coexist with a large metropolitan city.  The book contains an insightful essay by Janisse Ray, an American author whose work grapples with the beauty, intricacy, and heartbreak of the biosphere. She tells the story of how Emily Harrison worked to preserve the forest beginning in the 1930s.

Artist Biography

Peter Essick is a photographer, author, speaker, instructor, and drone pilot who specializes in nature and environmental themes, who was named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine UK. His goal is to make photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land. For more information, visit www.peteressick.com

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This project is the result of a commission from Fernbank Museum to document Fernbank, a 65 acre old-growth forest in Atlanta proper, during a period of restoration. Essick photographed the forest for two years with the goal to produce a personal vision of this natural ecosystem that can coexist with a large metropolitan city. The book contains an insightful essay by Janisse Ray, an American author whose work grapples with the beauty, intricacy, and heartbreak of the biosphere. She tells the story of how Emily Harrison worked to preserve the forest beginning in the 1930s.

Released 2020
35 color photographs, 2 black & white photographs
84 pages
Swiss bound hardcover
9” x 12”
Guidebook:
16 pages
4.5” x 6”
Softcover, center sewn
First Edition of 500
Essay by Janisse Ray
ISBN 978-0-9799379-9-6

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Director's Cut: Bonus Photographs
Video Extras
Drone Photographs
Wildflower Bloom Calendar
Essay by Eli Dickerson
Historical Photographs