Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Forrest Soper Forrest Soper selects Women in Trees by Jochen Raiß as Book of the Week.
"The content found in Women in Trees by Jochen Raiß is exactly what you would expect from reading the title. Over a period of 25 years, Raiß has been collecting vernacular photographs of women posing in trees, taken roughly between 1920 and 1950. Women in Trees has gathered 52 images from Raiß’s collection, and presented them in a small, almost pocket-sized, publication.
Aside from the commonality of the subject matter, there are other similarities that these photographs share. They are all shot on black-and-white film and share a similar snapshot aesthetic. In addition to this, almost all of the women in this book smile while gazing directly into the camera. Some women hover mere inches from the ground, while others climb higher into the foliage. Regardless of their height in the tree, they all seem to be genuinely enjoying the moment. The women pictured are truly having fun and enjoying life. Women in Trees seems to highlight the simple joys and freedoms that can be found in everyday life.
There have been numerous publications in the past decade that explore collections of vernacular photographs spanning various topics and themes. I have yet to find a collection that seems to be as universally loved as Women in Trees. Everyone who I have shown this book to ends up smiling. If you are a fan of vernacular images, I cannot recommend this small publication enough. This book is interesting, innocent, joyful, and entertaining, and it is sure to bring a smile to almost anyone’s face." —Forrest Soper
Forrest Soper is a photographer and artist based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. A graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, he also has previously worked at Bostick & Sullivan. Forrest is the Editor of photo-eye Blog.