Masked Infants Milking the Earth

Starting with the concept that humans have a biological preference for and are highly attuned to symmetry (and that these preferences are biasing our perception of the world), I wanted to give bilateral balance to the earth’s features and thereby create a landscape our brains craved, a landscape we could more readily relate to and value as a living entity.

Using a plane seat as my studio (a very, very tiny studio), I shot hundreds of aerial images of the earth below and then split, mirrored, and book-matched them. Occasionally this manipulation would magically reveal an animal, insect, and/or chimerical being. It was as if, in adding symmetry, I was accessing the historical and collective mythos embedded in the American landscape.