The Tragic and the Picturesque American Suburb

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By Sean Litchfield in New Photography on Saturday 2 July 2011

These images are part of a collaborative project with architectural historian, Zachary Violette, documenting the subversion of the picturesque ideal in the contemporary suburb: the way in which people’s attempt at making a certain kind of landscape for themselves, has ended up destroying the environment they wanted to create.

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Suburban Landscape photo series

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By Sean Litchfield in New Photography on Saturday 28 May 2011

These images are part of a project documenting the subversion of the picturesque ideal in the contemporary suburb: the way in which people’s attempt at making a certain kind of landscape for themselves has ended up destroying the environment they wanted to create. Americans’ fetish for the private automobile, and their insistence on highly-organized sites of mass consumption and technology-saturated, mass-produced homes, has left the country with precious little of the pastoral landscape that the whole suburban experience was about in the first place.

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