I haven't given a ton of thought to the trees around San Francisco's sidewalks, although I've always liked having one in front of my house, and was really sad when someone tagged it recently. (WTF, who tags a tree?) Alan George's series, "Domesticated," is so simple but it's really making me feel for these street trees! Looking at them individually, they seem both oddly hilarious and tragically helpless; like a dog groomed to look like a lion. Alan has described the project with a similar sentiment:
"With this series of images, I examine domesticated urban plants and people’s attempts to control and manipulate them in sometimes trivial and inconsequential ways."
I think it's the "attempt to control them" that comes across so funny and weird in this context; like we're just clueless humans desperately trying to make trees a "thing."