The Naked Tree is a metaphor for the human condition, both physical and spiritual. We see birth, the struggle for survival, death and all the cycles of  life in between. The trees’ limbs stretch out, trunks bear weight, roots intertwine, strangled, smothered or living in peace. There is the mystery of life and a connection to our most primal experiences.

All work is hand-tinted black and white photography. Classical literature and individual fonts are chosen to resonate with each image.

We celebrate the recent acquisition of The Naked Tree by the UCLA Library Department of Special Collections.

The Naked Tree by Freyda Miller. Copyright, 2008, All rights reserved. No reproduction in whole or in part without written consent of the artist.

The following excerpts have been taken from the 114 page book.