Monday, November 17, 2008

Photographic Typologies: Robert Voit

I found Robert Voit's series New Trees via From This Moment about a week ago. His examination of cell phone tower trees, often brazenly and aggressively situated, ironically explores yet another aesthetic addition to the already inundated social landscape. As Christoph Schaden affirms:

"His pictorial inventory, a work-in-progress since 2003, of mobile phone masts in the guise of artificial trees erected in real space in the U.S., Great Britain, South Africa, Korea, Italy and Portugal pays superficial tribute to a diffuse creative will driven by a basic desire for conciliation. To visually compensate for the dangers of electro-smog, mobile phone masts are given plastic “magic hoods” which simulate nature so that they then appear in the landscape as idealized forms of vegetation. The broad range of camouflage outfits includes deciduous trees and conifers, pines, palms and huge cacti. A lucrative manufacturing industry specializing in these artificial trees has emerged with considerable future potential; currently it is gaining a foothold on the European continent."

All photographs from the series New Trees

All Images © Robert Voit