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And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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Sorting litter - Photo by John Hirsch

In a newly released book, And Again: Photographs from the Harvard ForestJohn Hirsch chronicles the research, scientists, and ephemera of the Harvard Forest, with a focus on the Long-Term Ecological Research Program. Essays by David FosterClarisse Hart, and Margot Anne Kelley provide a context regarding the Forest’s history and work that expand the scope of this photographic exploration at the nexus of science and art.

Hirsch is attentive to both the quixotic and the beautiful, and has created a body of work that is about a desire to understand, describe, and predict the evolution of our surroundings, while showing reverence for the possibility of sublime moments in a place. The forest landscape is here a microcosm for the world in which we live, and that many people from the Harvard Forest work daily as they seek to understand the workings of nature while also appreciating its beautiful and evolving nature. Hirsch’s work helps us envision the future we may inhabit, making the book a useful and engaging vantage from which to consider pressing issues of climate change, ecosystem resilience, and land and water use.

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