THE UNBEARABLE SADNESS OF CHRISTMAS TREES

We bring Christmas trees into our homes, dress them up, and task them with symbolizing some of the values we most cherish – love, appreciation, togetherness. But once we’ve deemed their purpose served, we discard them in ways that exceed callousness – tossed into streets, crammed into dumpsters, abandoned in riverbeds or at bus stations – so that we can turn our focus to the quotidian concerns that comprise the year ahead. We consider Christmas trees symbols that say something about us, but we conveniently limit the timeframe so that the something said flatters. These photos are about how what Christmas trees say about us changes if we open up their timeframe as symbols just a little.

#1 - Rose Ave.

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#2 - Keystone Ave.

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#3 - Keystone Ave.

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#4 - Woodbine St.

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#5 - Between Keystone Ave. + Mentone Ave.

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#6 - Between Keystone Ave. + Mentone Ave.

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#7 - Between Keystone Ave. + Mentone Ave.

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#8 - Woodbine St.

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#9 - Between Motor Ave. + Vinton Ave.

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#10 - Between Motor Ave. + Vinton Ave.

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#11 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#12 - Hughes Ave.

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#13 - Hughes Ave.

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#14 - Midvale Ave.

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#15 - Firebrand Pl.

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#16 - National Blvd.

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#17 - Cheviot Vista Pl.

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#18 - Valparaiso St.

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#19 - National Blvd.

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#20 - S Fairfax Ave.

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#21 - Exposition Blvd.

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#22 - Exposition Blvd.

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#23 - Exposition Blvd.

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#24 - National Blvd.

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#25 - Between Motor Ave + Vinton Ave.

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#26 - Rose Ave.

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#27 - Vinton Ave.

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#28 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#29 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#30 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#31 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#32 - Vinton Ave.

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#33 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#34 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#35 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#36 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#37 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#38 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#39 - Vinton Ave.

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#40 - Vinton Ave.

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#41 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#42 - Between Motor Ave. + Vinton Ave.

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#43 - Between Motor Ave. + Vinton Ave.

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#44 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#45 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#46 - Palms Blvd.

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#47 - Jasmine Ave.

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#48 - Tabor St.

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#49 - Exposition Blvd.

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#50 - Irene St.

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#51 - Exposition Blvd.

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#52 - Cardiff Ave.

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#53 - Regent St.

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#54 - Faris Dr.

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#55 - Castle Heights Dr. 

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#56 - Castle Heights Dr.

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#57 - Between Motor Ave. + Vinton Ave.

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#58 - Between Vinton Ave. + Jasmine Ave.

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#59 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#60 - Between Mentone Ave. + Motor Ave.

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#61 - Harlow Ave.

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#62 - Kling St.

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#63 - Sepulveda Blvd.

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#64 - Overland Ave.

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#65 - Wilbur Ave.

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#66 - Motor Ave.

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#67 - Harlow Ave.

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#68 - Washington Blvd.

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#69 - Overland Ave.

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#70 - Dunleer Dr.

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#71 - Palms Blvd.

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#72 - Irene St.

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#73 - Overland Ave.

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