Garden I, 2009
11 polaroids, 7,3 x 9,5 cm
In June 2009, I spent some time in Madrid where, each morning and night, I passed the same tree by train while commuting from a suburb. It was the only tree far and wide. In the tree, I saw a child’s shirt and further things, which I could not make out from the fast-moving train. I imagined this to be some children’s magic kingdom. One morning, I got off the train at the nearest stop and walked back towards the tree, along the tracks through a pine forest and the arid landscape. The tree had in fact not been decorated by children. It was part of a garden in which each tall plant was hung with gardening tools, old clothes, and CDs. It bordered on further gardens, each of which was attended to, weeded, watered, and raked. The owner, an elderly man just like his neighbors, invited me in. The following days, I interrupted my commute several more times.