Trees are an important part of the history and structure of a city. In the streets, in parks, in residential and commercial complexes, they always turn up as an essential component of the urban landscape.
Often, however, the urban forest is seen in conflict with the work of man: submissive, surrounded, trapped, or occasionally triumphant, in a precarious situation of struggle and search for balance, as in the work “Urban Forest” by American photographer David Paul Bayles.
In “Into the trees”, nature is not in tension with the architecture, but rather proves to be an integral, organic, and vital part of it. The trees are superimposed to the human work, not to cancel, but to frame, narrate, and surprise.
Logs as cages , branches as frames, leaves as veils. The city changes its look through the filter of the trees that transforms homes and buildings, redefines their contours, and makes us pause to look with new eyes at the work of man.
- Mascotte Café, Reggio Emilia; May 2014