At Home in the Northern Forest

Photographs of the Changing Vermont Landscape

John Huddleston

A new look at one of the world's largest forests!
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
George F Thompson Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Bill McKibben
Illustration :
151 color photographs by the author
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781938086694
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9 X 12 inches
Stock Status : In stock


IPPY Silver Medal 2021 Award Winner for Best Northeast Regional BookA deeply felt, meditative journey that transforms the way one sees and experiences this famous forest.

Nominated for IPPY's Best Regional Book of the Year for New England

The Northern Forest of North America—stretching from New England and eastern Canada into the Upper Midwest—is one of the world’s largest contiguous forests. Complex and beautiful, it supports a wide variety of life, and the woodlands offer an interconnected vastness that gives American and Canadian lives perspective and balance. This book is timely, for the Northern Forest is at the heart of important environmental and economic issues that have become critical, especially as big logging companies sell large portions of their land.

The very existence of this forest is extraordinary. For instance, in 1870 the forest covered just thirty percent of Vermont, but today eighty percent is woodland. This remarkable turnaround has taken place on what is overwhelmingly private land. Environmentalist Bill McKibben, in his introduction, says, “This unintentional and mostly unnoticed renewal of the rural and mountainous east represents the great environmental story of the United States and, in some ways, the whole world.” But forest acreage has begun to decrease in every state in New England, as trees are removed for commercial development.

Renowned photographer John Huddleston brings a contemporary vision to show the unique and transitory character of this amazing forest. His photographs were made with precise attention to ordinary beauty and circumstance as he sauntered in the woods with camera in hand. Through his photographs we gain a deep appreciation and understanding of the Northern Forest and see how proper forest management enhances both commercial and ecological interests. Under Huddleston’s care, natural change is embodied in a new type of photographic composite created from exposures made of similar scenes in different seasons. This difficult, labor-intensive process elicits direct comprehension of cyclic time. Coupled with his straight photographs, the book reveals the dynamic forms and processes of the Northern Forest. And an array of text references explore the biology, economics, history, philosophy, and vulnerability of this vast regional landscape.

About The Author

John Huddleston is the Fletcher Professor of Studio Art Emeritus at Middlebury College. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, Lehigh University DuBois Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum, Stony Brook University Art Gallery, Triton Museum in Santa Clara, California, University of California, Riverside, Art Gallery, University of Michigan Art Museum at Ann Arbor, Wave Hill in New York City, and Wichita Art Museum, among others. Huddleston’s other books are Killing Ground: Photographs of the Civil War and the Changing American Landscape (Johns Hopkins University Press, in association with the Center for American Places, 2002), for which he won an Andrea Frank Foundation Grant, was interviewed on National Public Radio, and received a glowing review in The New York Times Book Review, and Healing Ground: Walking the Small Farms of Vermont (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2012), which draws on the ordinary and emphasizes a commitment to place. Huddleston has received grants from the Ada Howe Kent Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, and Vermont Community Foundation, and his video work has received awards from Tokyo to London.

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (Henry Holt, 2010), Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Henry Holt, 2007), Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape: Vermont Champlain Valley and New York Adirondacks (Crown Journeys, 2005), and The End of Nature (Random House, 1989). McKibben was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Prize, in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel Prize,” and was named by Foreign Policy in its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers and by The Boston Globe as “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”


"A wonderful book! The stunning photographs infuse landscape with piercing meditative depths—whether in the revelatory Time Composites series, with its dramatic effects, or in the seemingly more conventional images, with their subtle insights and surprises, clarities and beauties. This is work that can transform the way you see landscape or anything else."

- David Hinton, author of Hunger Mountain and Existence: A Story

"Throughout his beautiful, hardcover, glossy book, Huddleston softly captures our attentions with his photographs, welcoming us to “look a little more deeply at the conceptions of form, change, philosophy and psychology” in the woods."

- Addison Independent

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