Urban Forest — Images of Trees in The Human Landscape, 1981 - 2002
From the Preface to the book:
My photographs are my tensions and confusions made real. They are our inconsistencies made visual. Yet they are also a reminder that, no matter how many trees we destroy, often for trivial purposes, no matter how much we fool ourselves about our own delegated destruction of them, we can’t live without trees. I am lucky to live in a community where trees have been a conscious part of urban planning. The beautiful palms, oaks, cypresses, and cedars that grace our neighborhoods did not sprout at random. Tree-lined streets and garden spaces have been woven into a living fabric that shades and soothes our souls. In a real biological sense, trees are our home. That is the deepest meaning of the urban forest.
—David Paul Bayles