Every year a worldwide, social phenomenon occurs whereby christmas trees— tall, short, fat, thin, unusual and common, are discarded in streets, urban, rural and otherwise. It is an event that is surreal and somewhat sombre; humorous and at times frustrating, but fascinating nonetheless. What I did realise however, was that christmas trees are more than just vestigial festive symbol of a bygone era of European seasonal celebration. A previous owners income; their lifestyle, personality, background and tastes even can all be deduced from smaller details such as how soon the tree was discarded post-christmas, the size of the tree, its decorations and indeed, its variety.
What started as a candid project, became something much greater; a commentary not only on social issues and attitudes towards consumerism and waste, but also highlighting other aspects of the very consumers themselves. It goes without saying that the purchase of real christmas trees teeters more towards luxury than neccesity; I often struggled to find any trees in areas within London that were not overtly upper or middle-class, which in itself is an interesting detail regarding the nature of seasonal consumerism.
Still, my intentions in creating this series was to survey the scale and scope of christmas-tree discardment, in a way that beautified and did their very existence, post use, some justice.