I began this series of Tree Portraits in January 2008. This particular selection of trees is taken in one area (barrio) of Buenos Aires. It is an ongoing project which I am extending into other parts of Buenos Aires, and which I then intend to take to other cities in Argentina and beyond.

I treat each tree as an individual, centering them in the composition as I would a person. The tree is the protagonist. I am intrigued by how each one has a personality of its own. An expression conveyed through its size, build, ‘posture’; the ‘attitude’ expressed through the display of its branches.

I am also intrigued by the relationship between the tree and its surrounding, the concrete or brick base it stands in, or meager hole that it has been granted, the walls behind it. I find there are parallels between the trees and us: their individuality as well as the sense of fate. How they have been fated to grow or not, flourish or suffer, and ultimately die within this urban environment of concrete walls and pollution.

— Emma Livingston


Emma Livingston is British, born in Paris. She graduated with a degree in History of Art from University College London in 2000. She has exhibited work in the UK and France, and in Argentina where she had a solo show at the Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires, in 2006. In 2007, she won first prize in the Px3 Prix de la Photographie in Paris, for which there was a group show in the Galerie 13 Sévigné, as well as a first prize in the Landscape 2 competition held by the  London Photographic Association.