Chromogenic prints on plexiglas, frame
Objects that express a human presence capture my imagination. Where some landscape artists would rather omit man's presence, I embrace it. I began photographing the landscape in 1985, but for Cultural Icons, I collected discarded consumer items from walks around my neighborhood and photographed them in my studio. Instead of photographing a view of the topography of a specific area, the objects photographed were chosen for both their literal and symbolic expressions of contemporary life. When removed from their original context, they become more than discarded waste products. They are transformed into symbols of life in a modern, industrialized society, and are elevated to iconic status.