Urban Forest — Images of Trees in The Human Landscape, 1981 - 2002

Tree and Three Windows, 1981

Tree and Three Windows, 1981


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

March 2003


Trichotomy, 1995

Trichotomy, 1995

 
Palms at Desert Center, 2002

Palms at Desert Center, 2002

 
Arboreal Geometry #3, 2001

Arboreal Geometry #3, 2001

 

American Refuse, Inc., 1996

American Refuse, Inc., 1996

 
Cypress and Stucco, 1988

Cypress and Stucco, 1988

 
Two Trees, One Pole, 1988

Two Trees, One Pole, 1988

 
Palm and Overpass, 1996

Palm and Overpass, 1996

 
Tree With Severed Limbs #1 1992

Tree With Severed Limbs #1 1992