Photographer Rachel Sussman has been documenting the world’s oldest organisms for a personal project she’s been working on for almost a decade. Now you can see the results of her epic journey around the globe in her upcoming book The Oldest Living Things in the World which you can pre-order here.
About the book:
Since 2004 artist Rachel Sussman has been researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. The work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia: it’s part art and part science, has an innate environmentalism, and is driven by existential inquiry. She begins at ‘year zero,’ and looks back from there, photographing the past in the present. Together, her portraits capture the living history of our planet – and what we stand to lose in the future.
Just FYI, the coloration isn’t caused by pigments in the feathers, but special cells in their surfaces that refract light into different wavelengths, which is part of why they’re so brilliantly colored.