New Topographics, a term coined in the 1970s by William Jenkins, was a photography movement that sought to create a shift from traditionally directed landscape photography. Instead of photographing natural views of life they chose to photograph industrial scenes, suburbia and common scenes that no one bothered to pay attention to. A group of 10 American landscape photographers had their first exhibition in 1975 with the subheading of “Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape”. They wanted to bring attention to the ordinary and showcase landscapes of urban America; the landscapes that have been altered by man. Their show was not well received and was even said to have been “vigorously hated.” They sought to make banal subjects acceptable in photography and show that the mundane can be beautifully captured.
These photographs are inspired by the New Topographics movement and bring attention to and highlight today’s uninteresting and ordinary landscapes that we do not pay attention to. It is a tribute to the overlooked.