Starting with the concept that humans have a biological preference for and are highly attuned to symmetry (and that these preferences are biasing our perception of the world) I wanted to give bilateral balance to the earth’s features and thereby create a landscape our brains craved, a landscape we could more readily relate to and value as a living entity.

Using a plane seat as my studio (a very, very tiny studio) I shot hundreds of aerial images of the earth below and then split, mirrored, and book-matched them. Occasionally this manipulation would magically reveal an animal, insect, and/or chimerical being. It was as if, in adding symmetry, I was accessing the historical and collective mythos embedded in the American landscape.

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