Trees are known for their sturdy trunks and far reaching limbs. So much so, trees are often used as the veritable symbol of strength, kinship and even life itself. Yet, even the hardiest trees are often felled by man or disease, pushed to the wayside and ultimately forgotten.
This photographic series reveals the faces of wooded life cut short. Raggedly severed cross sections or slices pose as portraits, exposing the inner beauty, passage of time and changes or even environmental fluctuations.
We came to this photographic project with some degree of guilt and even regret. At the behest of our town, with a building permit in the offing, we removed an outcropping of “non-native” redwood trees. The portraits of trees “cut short” is our tribute to the four sturdy, carbon reducing, one time inhabitants of our property.
“Let us tell their stories, learn our history and remember the lost possibilities of every life cut short.”
- Governor General of Canada