Not just a tree, but a metaphor of resilience in times of adversity.
as it was
on sunny days
by angry waves
The story behind the tree photos.
As soon as you see this tree it captures your heart. It’s one of those trees that says “tree”. I first noticed it in 2012 as I was searching for a free-standing, tree looking tree, for my project Omnipotence of Dream that involved mirrored images of isolated structures and trees. I ended up chronicling the tree for over two years, but only concentrating on the top of the tree.
In the following years, I kept visiting and photographing the tree as it stood firmly at that upper edge of, what was then one of the biggest beaches in Evanston, on the shores of Lake Michigan.
By the beginning of 2020 the landscape started changing noticeably and dramatically, coinciding with the start of the pandemic, the never ending police killings of Black Americans, and a government that abandoned its people.
Metaphorically this little tree stood firm as the waters of Lake Michigan steadily rose and crashed with angry waves upon the shore. With roots exposed and storms whipping its branches the tree budded new leafs and went about being a tree.
People noticed, fretted, and then rejoiced as the tree persevered and reminded us of our own, inherent, resilience and
Joerg Metzner is a photographer and graphic designer living in Evanston.
His website is: joerg-metzner.com