‘Processed Views’: Landscapes Built Using Our Favorite Junk Food
We all have that guilty pleasure food, that one greasy, sugary or savory snack we can’t resist. But photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have a different take on these tasty treats in their series “Processed Views,” in which they build landscapes out of different processed foods. Using cereal, french fries, chips, white bread, bologna, cake and other snacks, Ciurej and Lochman arrange colorful landscapes.
The arrangements were inspired by the landscape photography of the American West by Carleton Watkins in the mid to late 1800s. While Watkins’ photos portrayed the West as bountiful and with endless possibilities, the photos themselves were commissioned by corporations with a commercial interest in developing that land for industry.The photographs in “Processed Views” prompt us to reflect on the food industry and, on a larger scale, the ways technology shapes the national landscape.
On the series’ page, the photography duo writes:
Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.