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Photographer Rachel Sussman has taken her craft to new heights by focusing on old things, and I mean VERY old things. When we think “old,” most of us think in terms of decades, maybe centuries. This is particularly true of American natives who haven’t done much international traveling. Our country is so young in comparison to many other parts of the world, we may as well change the name to United States of Infantile Landscape! For instance, did you know that Chile has a 3,000 year old moss living in its Atacama Desert? That’s like the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of moss. I want to hang out with that moss, and absorb her wisdom. I bet she would just keep asking if I was hungry and trying to get me to photosynthesize some snacks, no matter how many times I tell her I already ate. Grandmas are my favorite types of people, so I’m sure the moss varieties are just as sweet.

Rachel Sussman’s photo collection captured an even greater moss grandma, as well: that of Elephant Island in Antarctica which continues to thrive today while dating back 5,500 years. Capturing that image was no easy task for the photographer, as it’s been said that getting there to see it is easier traveling from space. The work that Sussman put into this project was immense, taking her everywhere from Greenland to the Australian Outback. She got to walk in the Mojave Desert and swim in the Caribbean sea, and snapped amazing pictures along the way. The photos have been printed in a limited edition book, which you can purchase on Amazon if you happen to have $1,500 to spend on a book of pictures. Personally, that’s not a thing I am able to do (and I suspect most of you are in the same boat), but I was content to see the beautiful photos she has shared on her website.

I’ve selected some of my favorite images for you to check out in the gallery below, and you can visit Sussman’s website for more by clicking here.

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