Artist Rachel Sussman traveled around the world to photograph the world's oldest living species:

Artist Rachel Sussman traveled around the world to photograph the world's oldest living species:

A decade ago, artist Rachel Sussman found herself on the lush island of Yakushima looking up at a colossal gnarled cypress tree called the Jomon Sugi. A trip to Japan brought Sussman first to Kyoto, where ancient temples stand only a short distance from commercial strips filled with Starbucks branches and office buildings. She felt the urge to see something different, be somewhere more remote, so she traveled to Yakushima, off the southern end of Japan, in search of the Sugi, a tree between 2,180 and 7,000 years old. But it wasn't until a year later—when telling friends about her travels and recalling the sight of this long-surviving Sugi—that she hatched the idea to trek to the far-off corners of the world to photograph organisms that have been alive at least 2,000 years.

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