Saturday, February 19, 2011

bottom of the trees

Love this series of photographs. Reminds me of living in the city, and waving to your neighbours, and community gardens, and unexpected flowers in parking lots.

I have been interested in observing how people transform the public space in front of their houses. In Sapporo, Japan, the main city of Hokkaido, the bottom of the trees are usually decorated with plants and flowers by people living around. Sometimes messy, sometimes unbalanced, sometimes crowded, each tree has a different world, a different mind, and a different personality at the bottom of it.

Bottom of the trees, Sapporo, Japan, August 2005 - June 2006.


  1. I love this project! I've never seen it before, thanks for sharing. I appreciate the use of a small space for beauty and spreading happiness. It's part of my approach to life to enjoy those little things, so it makes me smile when I see others doing it, for public benefit too. Lovely! Have a great Monday!

  2. These photos are inspiring! I'm now wishing I didn't live on the side of a bustling main highway (oh wait, I was already wishing that anyway), which doesn't have an avenue of big lovely trees... Don't you love the effort people go to, in order to make their environment more lovely? And the photographers who seek those lovely things out... Love them.