In ancient cultures worldwide, trees are symbols of life, representing a
universe imbued with spirit. The life that trees represent is revered by
humans - worshipped by some - and a close connection between them
has resulted. No wonder, then, that trees not only exist “in the wild”,
but are widely associated with a human presence. They are guests of
honor in parks and cemeteries, but also inhabit places where humans
spontaneously “pop up” - by campsites, roadsides and even the smallest
of houses in the landscape.
Photographing in the fall and winter, the images of many of these trees
seem bare and forlorn. Despite the appearance of death, they are very
much alive, nourishing themselves while waiting for the warmth of
The life of trees coexists with that of humans, but also surpasses it.
Spring does not follow the winter of human life. Hence humans long for -
worship, even - The Life of Trees.