B E A H A N / M C P H E E  :
No Ordinary Land

"Our pictures examine areas as remote and newly formed as Iceland and as densely populated and industrially developed as New Jersey. Our work is about how human inventiveness has shaped the natural world, and it tries to convey the multiple possibilities for reading landscape."

—Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee

Using an 8x10 view camera to chart a visual map of the world as a peculiarly human construct, they transport the viewer to mirage-like landscapes which reflect the paradoxes of human interaction with nature. Their visions of Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, Sri Lanka, California, and Las Vegas, appear as opulently detailed apparitions, which, like Alice's looking glass, beckon the viewer to step through into another world.