Machines: Conceptual Photos by Paul Thulin
A series of photos using pastoral landscapes inhabited by machines. The landscapes are reminiscent of the paintings of French baroque painter Claude Lorrain.
Machines is a photographic series inspired to visually explore a futuristic vision of American studies scholar Leo Marx’s theory of the “machine in the garden”. The images reveal a "middle landscape"; nature existing in a seemingly contradictory state of lush untamed wilderness while under the dominion of a mechanized society. The driving narrative forces of the imagery are grand pastoral landscapes inhabited by mysterious machine "like" structures engaging a mix of characters intended to symbolize industry, the natural world, the primitive, and the cultivated.
Machines is created through a process of photographic digital assembly. Each image comprises of a fusing of multiple details from my extensive personal archive of analog and digital photos representing the American landscape, thrift store trinkets, industrial forms, animals and people. The work is a unique photographic fiction that has gradually arisen from creatively engaging digital image editing technologies.