Unsettling Photos of Natural Landscapes Made of Processed Food

A landscape of brightly colored mountains made of crushed cereal that plunge into a milk lake full of Froot Loops may be the stuff of children’s daydreams, but it’s also kind of nauseating if you think about all the sugary, mass-produced food involved. In a series called Processed Views, spotted via Beautiful/Decay, photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman create surreal natural scenes out of processed foods like marshmallows, frozen fries, and cola that are as unsettling as they are fantastical. Inspired by the 19th-century Western photography of Carleton Watkins, they are meant to make the viewer reflect on what it means that so much of our food comes from artificial sources. “As we move further away from the natural sources of our food,” they write, “we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.”

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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
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Image credit: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman