We are interested in depicting the bountiful frontier of 21st century industrial exploitation: the current intersection of nurture, nature and technology. We love the American sense of adventure in opening new frontiers, but we wish to consider the unintended consequences of agribusiness' experimentation and exploitation.
In this/our study of processed foods, we have been inspired by the work of landscape photographer, Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime views framed California as a land of endless possibilities, as well as significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks. Many of Watkins' photographs were commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; the Central Pacific Railroad, the lumber, milling and mining industries. Watkins depicted manifest destiny, an heroic frontier filled with natural resources, and industry existing comfortably with nature, a view commonly held in the nineteenth century.