Trees As Well As Stones.
Photographs by Klaus Merkel.
Prestel, Lakewood, 2011. 112 pp., 94 illustrations, 9x11¾".
Klaus Merkel has been photographing stones, rocky landscapes and trees for over
thirty years, which he pairs up in double pictures. He portrays the astounding harmony
between the animate and the inanimate, between natural and designed manifestations.
Fascinating affinities become visible when he shows the limestone blocks of the
Great Pyramid of Giza alongside basalt cliffs in Northern Ireland, and the cultivated
lime-tree walkway of a castle grounds next to the nave of a cathedral. As the forest of
figures and pinnacles of Milan Cathedral is placed next to the sandstone columns of
Bryce Canyon, fascinating connections between natural form and art emerge. The
book thus invites the reader to examine and compare the multiple similarities of the
surfaces’ structures of natural as well as artificial objects.