Lindsay K. Palmer

What does a contemporary landscape look like?

My recent body of work is a meditation on this conundrum. I expose the landscape for what I see it fast becoming: a backdrop for our metropolis. It is lovely to look out at a dramatic vista from a lawn-chair in suburbia.
There is no question that urbanization and consumerism are changing our relationship to the earth and therefore the way artists picture land. While nineteenth century painters and photographers often depicted the natural world as a pristine wonder, today’s artist responds to a very different scene.
Growing up in a large western city fostered my love for hiking and being outdoors. In my photographs, synthetic, modern objects are positioned in front of an idealized portrait of nature. Since my chosen background is the Sonoran Desert, I am drawn to objects that are foreign to the harsh, dry conditions suggesting a collision between man and nature.

My photography investigates the inherent conflict between material culture and the environment. Though critical of mankind’s destruction of wild lands, I place myself squarely within our consumer culture. Through the medium of photography, I can question the ethical responsibility of aesthetic appeal.