The geography of the America landscape is vast and unique, yet maintains the ability to be generic and ordinary at the same time. This is due to mechanisms that have worked to standardize not only human flow, but the flow of material across the landscape. The romantic agrarian countryside and the vast wildernesses that once accompanied it, has been reshaped by industrial design. The hinterland that remains is a human altered landscape imposing its ideology through monolithic structures on those who reside here. This series explores a single locality within the Montana landscape filled with incorporated townships, superfund sites, distribution centers, and extraction zones, each byproducts of how economic modes of production have altered the land.
Ryan Parker (b. 1989, Twentynine Palms, CA) is a lens based artist and documentarian based in Bozeman, MT. He was raised on military installations across the US and Japan until the age of 13. These early years became integral to the subject matter within Parkers lens based practice. His work is concerned with the altered landscape, specifically the relationship between industrial standardization and economic factors which lead to upheaval in small communities. His large format photographs document the hinterland, the space subtly forgotten.
© text and pictures by Ryan Parker