The quintessential landscape image was once thought of as being pristine, natural views of oceans, lakes, or mountain vistas but in this series of photographs, Steven Edson takes the theme thru a modern update with Landscapes Obscured.
These images are about things (both man-made as well as natural) that block and distract from our view of the landscapes which exist beyond what we are seeing if they were only not obscured. Mystery and humor are both elements that add further dimensions to this series. Without the buildings, food trucks we would otherwise have a clear view of the mountains or the ocean beyond, or maybe not. A semi-transparent fabric on a fence with photographic images allows us to see thru the layers: both in front and the human activity behind it causing the viewer to question what it is they are seeing. The added elements of juxtaposition and the trace of human alterations to the landscape encourage conversations about these places and the impact of human interactions without romanticizing the natural and glorious landscape.