Manufactured Landscapes

The theme of manufactured landscapes is not new to photography, or for that matter documentary filmmaking. Some of my earliest photographic influences were the photographs taken by artists like Margaret Bourke-WhiteEdward Weston (of the Armco Steel Yard), and others who were hired by the Roosevelt administration to document the the country’s activities during the 30s. The recognized masters of the typology of industrial shapes and their place on the landscape are Bernd and Hilla Becher, who spent decades perfecting their craft and revealing the essence of human industrial design rendered into photographic form. These are scenes and landscapes I encounter regularly and have encountered for decades now in the Pacific Northwest.