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“There’s an intimacy to bonsai that is largely invisible…”


Delicate beauty of a Red maple forest. Photo by Stephen Voss

Stephen Voss seldom shoots the whole bonsai and though I can’t speak for him, it seems as if he searches for the the heart of the tree in details. The photos shown here were shot by Stephen at the U.S. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. You can enjoy more of Stephen's brilliant photos in his book, In Training

The title of this post is from a quote by Ryan Neil. The whole quote is below 

Portrait of a Trident maple

There’s an intimacy to bonsai that is largely invisible. It exists in those sacred moments between artist and tree in partnership; an understanding of what is and can be as it unfolds over seasons and years.

Stephen’s photographs shed a quiet, respectful light on these wonderful moments. I feel fortunate to see such beauty being put into the world with the careful intention these trees deserve.
– Ryan Neil, Bonsai Mirai







The famous 'Hiroshima' Japanese white pine 



 In Training by Stephen Voss
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