The title of this series borrows from Bob Ross’ friendly, inspirational, and entirely hypothetical landscapes.

In these photographs, humble murals and billboards awkwardly depict what the land majestically offers.

In some there is a direct reproduction of the landscape, expressing a sort of hometown pride while implying that a duplicate in picture form is needed to make us notice where we are. In other images the locational context is excluded, likening them even more to Ross’ hypothetical scenes. Some of the murals depict the surrounding landscape with relative accuracy, while others illustrate a far-off paradise. Ultimately, the pictorial versions of these places are familiar and safe, reducing the sublime down to an unintimidating series of happy little clouds.

 

 

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