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Stephen Voss is an professional photographer based in Washington, DC who takes memorable photographs for magazines, newspapers and organizations around the world. For his latest photo book ‘In Training‘, Stephen documented the beauty and diversity of bonsai trees from around the world. Stephen Voss has spent 2 years taking photos of these magnificent dwarf trees. He used Canon 5D Mark III camera and a variety of lenses, including the Canon 180mm f/3.5 Macro Lens.

I’ve loved bonsai trees since I first saw one almost twenty years ago at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. I’m humbled when I think about the commitment of generations of bonsai masters who care for these trees. I see so many parallels to photography in how the bonsai masters work. The way they’re able to visualize an inner harmony to a tree and train it to reveal its essence, not so different from how you compose a photograph. But what I love most about bonsai is the empathy of its practitioners that is reflected in these trees. Practitioners who care for and maintain trees that will outlive them, that will eventually be watched over by someone else, long after they’re gone. A writer once called bonsai “a proxy for our hopes of the future, a post-dated love letter.”

– Stephen Voss

California Juniper bonsai

California Juniper bonsai

California juniper

California juniper

Cedar Elm

Cedar Elm

Chinese Elm

Chinese Elm

Crapemyrtle

Crapemyrtle

Japanese Black Pine

Japanese Black Pine

Rhododendron ‘Gunki’

Rhododendron ‘Gunki’

Sargent Juniper

Sargent Juniper

Sargent’s juniper bonsai

Sargent’s juniper bonsai

Trident Maple

Trident Maple

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