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"Froot Loops Landscape" was inspired by Carleton Watkins's "Albion River, Mendocino County, Calif." (1863).

What comes to mind when the words “American” and “food” are mentioned together? Barbecue? Hamburgers and hot dogs? Some interpretation of General Tso’s chicken?

For photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, their minds go to processed foods — towers and towers of white bread, Froot Loops and marshmallows, to be exact. Using these foods to re-create famous landscapes of the American West originally shot by Carleton Watkins, Ciurej and Lochman portrayed their interpretation of the culture and consumption of food in the United States, according to the Washington Post. The pieces in their series “Processed Views” feature sea cliffs of sugar and cola, mountainous blue cake and icing, and foothills of pork rinds and bacon. Caution: The photos may make you queasy.

Deep Fried Bluff, inspired by Carleton Watkins, Castle Rock, Columbia River, Oregon, 1867.
“Deep Fried Bluff,” inspired by Carleton Watkins’s “Castle Rock, Columbia River, Oregon” (1867)

“’Processed Views’ interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology,” the duo state on their website. “As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.”