The Pristine Nature series was made in response to how hopeless I feel about the current environmental crisis. I set out looking for pristine sections of land. Somewhere off the beaten path, off the side of a road, or beyond a property line, but I began to realize I could never find them. The ecosystems I would visit were all novel; full of invaders and non-native species. The pollution the spaces face is always the by-product of an industry, a settlement, or a process conceived by humans. How can I make a photograph of a natural space without harming it? How do we fix an environmental problem when we at large are the problem?
By using plastic film I reference the materiality of plastic as a hyperobject. We are all always looking at plastic; there is nowhere to hide from it, and there is enough plastic that we could wrap up the planet. It is important to remember also that plastic lasts indefinitely, so it will continue to wander the Earth and interact with ecosystems and landscapes long after people are gone. With these thoughts in my mind I began placing plastic film into landscapes I would have otherwise described as “natural” to visualize the fact that we can never again find a pristine nature on this planet. The days of diorama landscapes are gone. We are looking out through hyperobject contamination now.