Portraits was taken at Joshua Tree National Park in California as a way to portray nature in the same respect as humans. With the fear that the Joshua trees will be eliminated from this region the process of individually commemorating each tree is a way of preserving what was present at the time. The population of these trees is expected to plummet by the end of the 21st century by 90 percent from the effects of climate change. More recently, due to the government shutdown, people were destroying these trees and as the national parks were understaffed there were few people to help protect the park. There is little chance that this species will extend to more favorable climates, therefore it is only a matter of time before they cease to exist.