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Anthony Epes was born in Athens Greece to a Greek mother and Black American father. Raised in California, he currently lives on the Southern coast of Spain.

The darkroom is where Epes learned about the crucial importance of quality and consistency. He printed at the expert level for top photographers in New York and Los Angeles – including Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle and Mary Ellen Mark among others. The craft of photography and its unparalleled ability to communicate ideas and creativity have been the driving forces in Epes’ career.

Influenced by his early studies of coluor photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Epes ventured into experimental development of film and produced the highly acclaimed Arboreal Dreams series of fine art prints.

There is a sense of aloneness that permeates Epes’ images, a physical aspect of wanting to always travel and shoot alone. But also a deep stirring of someone who has never found their place in the world. The feeling of isolation that comes in and out of all of our lives.

Epes was powerfully influenced by Ernst Haas as a young photographer, and continues in his footsteps of celebrating light and finding beauty in even the most mundane places.

Epes has published three photo books of his decade-long wanderings through cities at dawn. He has been featured in many international press including the BBC, CNN, Atlas Obscura, the Guardian and French Photo Magazine. Epes is currently working on his fourth book.

Arboreal Dreams a child sees god in the trees

As a young child growing up in Maine the forest was my back garden. I would leave my house early in the morning and wander the forest all day. For me the natural world is a second life, a fantasy land of purity and calm that I escape to when the violence of our concrete city gets too much for me.

In Arboreal Dreams I want to convey the powerful feelings that I get when I wander through a forest, as well as drawing in that fantasy element into my work. The images are developed through a dual film process which I have evolved in order to get a sense of ‘hyper reality’.

I feel an attachment to the artistic tradition of reverence for natural beauty and reverence for the technical skill of the artist. The rejection of beauty and skill in much of modern photography makes me return with stronger conviction to my beliefs.

A note about my photographic technique: The images in Arboreal Dreams were shot on medium format film (Hasselblad) and hand processed through a technique called Colour Acceleration. It is process I have been experimenting with for fifteen years.

Colour Acceleration is a dual film process. In the first phase the film is processed in black and white chemistry, fixated, then bleached and re-exposed to light. The result is a negative that has been “solarized”, which I control in the bleach step.

The majority of images in Arboreal Dreams are printed on Fuji Super gloss polyester based photographic paper. 

The image colours are natural and are inherent qualities of the negative and are not manipulated digitally or enhanced.

Spring #1
Spring #1

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840x840mm (33x33inches)
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Spring #2
Spring #2

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430x2430mm (17×17 inches)

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Spring #3
Spring #3

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430x2430mm (17×17 inches)

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Spring #4

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585x585mm (23×23 inches)

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Spring #5

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406x406mm (16×16 inches)

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Spring #6

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Fall #1
Fall #1

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585x585mm (23×23 inches)

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Fall #2

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584x388mm (23×15.5 inches)

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Fall #3

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584x524mm (23×21 inches)

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Fall #4
Fall #4

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Joshua and Morning Sky
Joshua and Morning Sky

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Untitled #1
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Wish You Were Here #1
Wish You Were Here #1

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Wish You Were Here #2
Wish You Were Here #2

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413x406mm (16×16 inches)

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Haiku #2
Haiku #2

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Haiku #1
Haiku #1

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510x338mm (20×13.5inches)

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Wish You Were Here #3
Wish You Were Here #3

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1010x686mm (40×27 inches)

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Haiku #3
Haiku #3

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Wish You Were Here #4
Wish You Were Here #4

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413x406mm (16×16 inches)

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Dreamer #1
Dreamer #1

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Fairyroots
Fairyroots

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585x585mm (23×23 inches)

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