Pine Series, 2012

In Pine, I investigate the duality between what pine symbolizes and it’s meaning, and how this mirrors my own internal struggle with identity. In many cultures, pine symbolizes eternal life, longevity and immortality, however the definition of the word pine, other than the physical object of the evergreen coniferous tree, means to yearn deeply; suffer with longing. The pinecone is also considered a symbol of masculine fertility because of its striking resemblance to male genitals and the single stem or branch of the pine tree is considered to represent man’s individuality. Through these photographs I explore the tension between the overtly masculine appearance and meaning of pine with my own female identity.