Vicki Provost

The Life of Trees

Joel Gallery

March 3 – April 8, 2018

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 Spring.

 

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.


Vicki Provost Photographs



 
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