Professional artists and photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman don’t just play with their food–they make art with it. In their latest photo series, titled “Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape,” the duo created miniature landscapes using a whole mess of junk food. The landscapes are inspired by the works of Carleton Watkins, a 19th century photographer who specialized in documenting the western United States.
In fact, Watkins’ pics of Yosemite helped to expose the valley’s natural beauty to the broader public, which in turn helped the region eventually become a National Park. However, as an interesting aside, Watkins was also commissioned by various corporate entities as well (especially those with ties in the rail, mining, lumber and milling industries). Ciurej and Lochman wrote on their website that “[Watkins’] commissions served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West.”
Their junk food art serves as a commentary on that idea of blending modernism and natural beauty, or what they refer to as “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,” said Curej and Lochman on their site, “we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.”
Take a look at some more examples after the break…