New Topographics of the Moon

When I was in college, I fell in love with Robert Adams and the New Topographics movement. A group of photographers set out to redefine what a landscape could be. Instead of photographing beautiful landscapes that seemed to be untouched by any man, they photographed the very obvious signs of man. Great big subdivisions, buildings under construction, large cement ditches, etc.

I recently stumbled upon Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, which is tucked into the vast hills of Idaho. With such an interesting name I had to stop in and see what it was all about. To my surprise I was met with miles of lava fields that formed from several volcanic eruptions that took place some 2,000 years ago.

I decided to stay the night and explore the park. I later realized that dogs weren’t allowed on any of the trails in the park (even though most of them are paved sidewalks). So my travel partner and I decided to walk the service road, which she was allowed on. Because of this we couldn’t visit the popular overlooks, which we weren’t too upset by. We were able to see a lot of the park from the main road, and parts that people don’t normally see up close.

Because I couldn’t photograph the main attractions at the park, I decided to flex my fine art skills and photograph in the style of the New Topographics. An art movement that I’ve always been obsessed with, but never explored myself. So here are some images of man made objects in this geological wonderland. The thought of these objects in every national park and monument is kind of strange. Edward Abby would be rolling in his grave if he knew all of these them existed.

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