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.