In Training is a fine art photography book about bonsai that I've been working on for nearly two years.
I wanted to make this book because I wanted to share the feeling of being close to these remarkable trees. I want to share their peaceful presence and their humble, rugged beauty.
For someone who has never seen a bonsai before, I hope this book will be a meaningful visual introduction to this art form. For those who know bonsai intimately, I hope these photos will present a new way of looking at these trees - a fresh, but respectful interpretation of the artist’s intent.
If you're interested in the book or have any questions, I'd love to hear from you.
"We were thrilled to hear a professional photographer, Stephen Voss, took on Bonsai as a subject of photography. Being an artist as well as an outsider to the Bonsai community, Stephen succeeded in showing us a whole other side of the trees we’re so passionate about. Stephen succeeded in capturing the true beauty of the trees, as well as of the National Arboretum." - Oscar Jonker, Bonsai Empire
"Bonsai is an art that requires intense attention to detail - something that is all-too-often lost in its photographic representation. This new work by Stephen Voss, though, has captured the true essence of bonsai, found beneath the canopy of the trees, deep within the branches, and in the nooks and crannies of the gnarled deadwood and intertwining live veins. Stephen's photography brings the art to life in a new and exciting way and is sure to inspire both seasoned and green practitioners alike." - Bjorn L. Bjorholm, Bjorvala Bonsai Studio