We have looked upon nature for ages as an object to be conquered and consumed, an object of our desires, which we obscure in our vanity and want to bend to our will. We have manipulated our environment and in many cases left it unrecognizable.
The transmutation of the natural world and its apparent submission to the consumer culture is the subject of my series of photographs, Trash Trees. The intriguing element observed is the integration of waste into the landscape to create a beauty that is sublime, but always unsettling.
As more and more of our inhabitable space is being submerged beneath waste, nature strives to return to a state of purity, allowing our refuse to take hold, replacing leaves. If this is not the idealized natural world we long for, it is perhaps the one we deserve.