Consuming the American Landscape

Land use and the changing landscape

Consuming the American Landscape

The work on this site is selected from Consuming the American Landscape, published simultaneously in 2003 by Dewi Lewis Publishing in Great Brittan and Edition Braus in Germany. The book contains over 80 images and is the result of two decades of my work photographing land use in America.

The American landscape has been fertile ground for my photographic investigation of issues facing our society today. The dialectical processes involved in modes of production and resource development infuse the landscape with unexpected levels of interpretation that may cause the viewer to reflect on the geography of consumption and the effects of resource exploitation. The metaphors inherent in my photographs expand their scope beyond their immediate subject matter referring to the larger context of today’s environmental crisis and may also initiate in the audience the process of discovering a deeper level of empathy with
the earth.

If reverence for the earth is still possible, as called for by such thinkers as Suzi Gablik and Henryk Skolimowski it must happen in a world of diminished purity. It is my hope that the ironic beauty that I find in the altered or threatened sites that I photograph will create an opening for my audience to discover multiple layers of meaning in the landscape while maintaining a critical awareness of the environmental issues addressed in my photographic work.