The American Landscape
Nathanial Schmidt

Nathanial Schmidt's statement

This project examines the way in which our physical environment is molded by the alienation of modern America’s ultra capitalistic society.  The utilitarian and individualist approach to the construction of the American landscape has only hardened the affects of alienation by creating a societal layout that seeks to itemize and isolate individuals rather than foster community and togetherness.

In the tradition of the New Topographics movement, I composed these images as a way to subtlety highlight these modern scenes of mundanity.  This is done with the purpose that by examining these landscapes and the way in which they nearly refuse human interaction, we are able to begin to imagine new environments that can foster community and a sense of a shared future.

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